Thousands of Croatians have taken to the streets in support of the former general Ante Gotovina who has been transferred to the war crimes tribunal in the Hague. The rally in the city of Split was organised by the main association of war veterans. The group was behind big protests in 2001 and 2002 against cooperation with the international court.
Gotovina is considered by many in Croatia to be a war hero who helped free the country from Serb rebels in 1995. He was arrested in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday night after being on the run since he was indicted in July 2001. Gotovina is charged with responsibility for the murders of at least 150 Serbs by troops under his command. He will appear in court on Monday morning.