A ceremony honouring the former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has taken place in Belgrade.
Milosevic, who died in detention at the Hague war crimes tribunal last Saturday of heart failure, is to be buried in the afternoon in the garden of his provincial home in Pozarevac, east of Belgrade. Thousands gathered outside the parliament where Milosevic was ousted from power in 2000 before being transferred to the Hague. He has been denied a state funeral – the memorial ceremony was organised by supporters from the Socialist party. His coffin was brought transferred from the Museum of the Revolution in another part of the city. His body had been on display there since Thursday for those who wanted to pay their respects. The former president’s death has brought divisions within Serbia to the surface. His nationalist supporters are now overshadowed by pro-Western reformers who want to put the Milosevic years behind them.