Karadzic rally displays a Serbia struggling with its history

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As thousands of far-right nationalists gathered here Tuesday to celebrate the man accused of engineering the worst massacre in Europe since World War II, Serbian human rights activists said the emotional outpouring showed that Serbia had yet to come to terms with its past.

"Karadzic is a hero because he defended Serb lives during the terrible wars of the 1990s," said Elena Pavovski, 24, a supporter of the far-right Radical Party. The party bused in supporters from across Serbia and Bosnia to show solidarity with Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb wartime leader who faces trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

"Everyone knows that the war crimes tribunal in The Hague was designed to try Serbs while the war criminals who killed Serbs are set free," she said.

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