in Media Global Watch Bulletins
June 8, 1999
Truth in Media Global Watch
Bulletins on NATO's War on Serbia
Issue S99-103, Day 76-77
FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS
June 8, 1999; 11:30PM EDT - DAY 76-77
Prague, Aviano, London... Protests
American B-2A Shot Down over Serbia?
1. Prague, Aviano, London... Protests
PHOENIX, June 8 - Who would have thought it? As reports poured into TiM from all over
about the various weekend protests around the world, guess where the most violent
demonstrations took place? In Prague, a nouveau-NATO country!
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of anti-war protesters also marched this weekend at NATO's
Aviano base in Italy and in London, England.
Here are some excerpts from the reports by the TiM correspondents and participants in
PRAGUE, June 6 - Hundreds of demonstrators chanting anti-NATO slogans threw stones at
the U.S. Embassy late Saturday, breaking windows and injuring several policemen.
The crowd marched to the embassy in downtown Prague after gathering in another part of
the capital to protest the impact of multinational corporations' on the environment.
Police spokesman Josef Sulcek said 34 demonstrators had been detained.
AVIANO, June 6 - We received the following report from a TiM reader in Croatia,
whose name we're withholding considering the last sentence in this report. You may also
check out a photo posted at our Web site from the Aviano protest about which this TiM
reader and participant in the anti-NATO demonstration is writing:
"This is just a short note to let you know that I enjoyed
your Special Bulletin on the June 5 protest at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.
Bravo-bravissimo for another good and effective speech to the 30,000 Americans who were
At this end here, the very next day (Sunday, June 6) the biggest
protest so far against NATO was held in Aviano. So, my friends and I got into two cars and
were off to Italy on that hot and sunny Sunday (35 degrees Celsius), to help the wonderful
Italian people that came out to express their feelings and opinions about the beastly
bombings of Yugoslavia.
The march from the town of Aviano (where we had to leave our
cars) to the NATO air base is some 7 or 8 kilometers. The road that goes to the air base
soon turned into a river of people, mostly young. I don't know the exact number, but I'm
certain that there were more than 10,000 people attending, plus the 5,000 heavily armed
police with their guns and shields and vehicles. (another
participant in the Aviano rally told TiM that over 25,000 marched in protest).
This time, the NATO NAZI'S set up huge concrete blocks of
cement behind the fence that encircles the airport, so that the planes that sow death
could not be seen. And probably as an additional protective shield (just in case things
get out of hand).
In any case, the protest was a bracing and encouraging experience
especially in light of the fact that the vast majority of the protesters were Italians.
They had come here from all parts of Italy. It was good to see that there were also quite
a few Slovenians.
As far as we know, we were the only small and private group from
Croatia, apart from Mr. Stipe Suvar who was present with some of his own friends from
Zagreb. Stipe's head was still bandaged from the recent assassination attempt that took
place on Thursday in the center of Zagreb!"
LONDON, June 6 - We received the following report from a TiM reader in Manchester,
England, who traveled to London to participate in this weekend protest against the NATO
war on Serbia:
"Half a dozen buses left for London from various parts of
Manchester at 7AM. Ditto re. the buses from the various other British cities, such as
Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol...
We arrived in London an hour earlier than planned, which gave us
a chance to visit with the protesters at 10 Downing Street (the seat of the British Prime
Minister). They confirmed to us that there are several hundred people outside Tony Blair's
official residence - day or night, rain or shine - protesting Britain's bombing of Serbia.
And that they have kept it up 24 hours a day.
Meanwhile, the BBC, just like CNN (see
http://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/day74.html), tried to played down the significance of
the anti-war movement in Britain. The country's national TV network reported that
"3,700 people" took part in the protest.
By contrast, our sources report that a column of London
demonstrators was 2.5km (1.6 miles) long. Assuming 10 people abreast at about a meter's
distance between the rows, that's 25,000 people," the TiM correspondent
2. An American B-2A Shot Down over Serbia?
BELGRADE, June 1 - When we first received a report from Belgrade about a supposed
downing of an American B-2A Spirit strategic stealth bomber in which its crew perished, we
chose not to report it, figuring it was another case of the Serb war propaganda.
Now, we have received a second, independent confirmation of the hit which apparently
took place on May 20, 1999 at about 1PM local time, near Belgrade's civilian airport,
Surcin. Our second source, evidently familiar with the U.S. Air Force markings, thinks
that the Serbs may have shot down the AV-8 88-0329 - Spirit of Missouri.
Here is what this U.S. source said:
"The aircraft crashed near the village of Dec (Detch),
Pecinci county (in the field between Simanovci and Kupinovo; map 1; map2; map 3). The
flight of three B-2As (normally B-2A fly in pairs, one acting as a backup for another)
entered Yugoslavian airspace from the northwest and was escorted by several fighter
aircraft (B-2As are usually escorted over Yugoslavia by F-15C fighters and F-16CJ
fighter/bombers in SEAD role; every mission of B-2As requires about 50 escort and support
aircraft). The B-2As were detected by long-wave early-warning radars. The bombers reduced
altitude and attacked its targets in Belgrade. One of the B-2As was hit by a SAM in the
area of the cockpit and crashed shortly after. Crew was killed in the crash. The incident
was reported by Ilustrovana Politika magazine on 06-01-99."
TiM Ed.: So take it, or leave it... But at least now you know some of the things our
Draftdodger-in-Chief and his armchair "generals," like Madeleine Albright, may
have been withholding from us.
Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on Kosovo Crisis, "Wither
Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On the Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of
Milosevic", "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", "A Balkan Affairs Potpourri",
"Put the U.N. Justice on
Trial", "International Justice 'Progresses'
from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a
Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed to
Stand", "New World Order's Inquisition
in Bosnia", "Kosovo Heating Up", "Decani Monastery Under Siege?",
"Murder on Wall Street", "Kosovo: 'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan",
"What If the Shoe Were on the Other
Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the
Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese
Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo:
Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up
Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN magazine columns: "Washington's
Crisis Factory," and "A New Iron Curtain Over Europe"