Mickey victim of Yugoslavia war

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — Add Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and friends to the growing list of casualties in the Yugoslav civil war.

Walt Disney Publications has canceled contracts and pulled the cartoon characters from Yugoslav newspapers to protest Serb-dominated Yugoslavia’s support of Serb fighters in Bosnia’s civil war, newspapers reported Sunday.

“Who Killed Donald Duck?” read one headline. “Donald Chained, Mickey Weeps,” proclaimed another. The Disney figures have been appearing in Yugoslav papers or comic books for 60 years.

Phone messages left at company headquarters in Burbank were not immediately returned Sunday night.

Newspapers carried lengthy commentaries about the ban.

“Our children, who at bedtime watch horrendous TV pictures from the war, will be deprived of the few remaining dreams,” the daily Politika said Sunday. “What kind of developed world is that, to shamelessly take away Mickey and Donald?”

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