news 03 May 13

Tito Memorial Runners Leave Montenegro For Belgrade

Hundreds of nostalgic Yugoslavs gathered in the town of Berane in Montenegro for the annual relay race in honour of the late Yugoslav leader, Josip Broz Tito.

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A "Brotherhood and Unity" relay race started off from Berane, Montenegro, escorted by a crowd of several hundred spectactors on Sunday.

The ceremony was marked with Yugoslav patriotic songs and folk dancers in the national costume of the former Yugoslavia's different peoples surrounded by symbols of the old country.

"Our unity has no alternative and can only be realized if we follow Tito's ideas and are capable of understanding them," Andjela Popovic, the first runner, read from a note to the former country's peoples, issued by the League of Anti-Fascists of Southeastern Europe.

The route will include Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia before the runners reach the "House of Flowers" in Belgrade on May 25 - the final resting place of the Yugoslav president-for-life.

Meanwhile, runners in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina set off for Kumrovec, Tito's birthplace in northern Croatia.

The relay is a left-over from Yugoslav times, when young people made a similiar yearly trek on foot through Yugoslavia that ended in Belgrade with a massive celebration.

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