Late Yugoslav leader Tito gets monument in Montenegro

Late Yugoslav leader Tito gets monument in Montenegro
People wave Montengro's flags during the ceremony to unveil the monument to late Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Tito's monuments were removed throughout the former Yugoslavia after the country broke up in the 1990s' and Montenegro's capital has become a rare city in the former Yugoslavia to put one. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in Montenegro as authorities unveil a monument to Josip Broz Tito — a rare honor for the late Yugoslav communist dictator who was widely denounced after the 1990s’ breakup of Yugoslavia.

The ceremony Wednesday in Montenegro’s capital of Podgorica marked the anniversary of the city’s liberation at the end of World War II from the Nazi German occupiers by Tito’s anti-fascists.

The crowd waved Montenegrin and old Yugoslav flags and sang songs about Tito’s partisan movement, reflecting nostalgic sentiments many in the former Yugoslavia still feel nearly three decades after the country dissolved in bloodshed.

While Tito imposed a communist dictatorship, Yugoslavs also enjoyed free travel and relative openness compared to other Communist countries at the time in Eastern Europe.

Podgorica was once known as Titograd (Tito’s city).