Tuesday, February 15, 2005

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SBS news - World Watch: "Foibe massacres commemorated : 11-02-2005

Italy has marked its first day of remembrance of the north-eastern war-time atrocities known as the Foibe after the pits Yugoslav militia threw victims into. Politicians on the left and right called for an end to attempts to make political capital out of the massacres, long hushed up by the Italian left.

Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini, of the right-wing party National Alliance (AN), praised the 'brave' statements of those 'who had a different view of that page which was torn out of history.' He quoted supreme Roman poet Virgil as saying: 'When the truth comes out of the mouth of your adversary you must not say it is too late but be pleased.'

The so-called Foibe atrocities were massacres of Italian nationals which took place between 1943 and 1945 along the Istrian peninsula, in modern day Slovenia and Croatia. The Foibe are deep gorges in the rocks around the north-eastern city of Trieste.

Up to 5,000 Italians were thrown into the gorges, dead and alive, during the anti-Fascist uprisings in the area in 1943 and then in 1945 when the area was occupied by Communist forces led by Yugoslav strongman, Marshal Josef Tito. Thousands more Italians are believed to have been killed by Tito's troops in Istria, Dalmatia and the surrounding provinces. The exact number of victims of these atrocities is unknown, in part because Tito's forces destroyed local population records to cover up their crimes.

Some historians insist the killings were a form of ethnic cleansing carried out only by Tito's forces, and partly in reaction to Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini's preceding brutal bid to Italianise the region.
Source: RAI ROME Broadcast on SBS TV in Italian Mon to Sat 7:25 - 8:00am"

I thought Tito was Croatian. Looks like he was a Yugoslav as fas as atrocities are concerned, even before Yugoslavia existed. Must have been all these Serbian butchers in Tito's "Communist forces".

1 Comments:

Blogger sissoula said...

The supreme poet also says: It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep may be.

6:44 pm EET  

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