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Criminal or patriotic?

I have to wonder how other countries would react if or when the Criminal court comes for one of their past leaders even though the criminality of their leaders actions seems so obvious to those of us who are outside the borders.

By the time the crowds broke up by late evening, about 180 people were arrested and 43 injuries were reported, mostly policemen. That amounted to a victory for the pro-Western government, which arrested Mladic, risking the wrath of the nationalist old guard in a country with a history of much larger and more virulent protests.

On Sunday, protesters hurled stones and bottles in clashes with baton-wielding riot police in Belgrade after several thousand nationalist supporters of Mladic rallied outside the parliament building to demand his release.