'These Djindjic people are brown shirts'
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'These Djindjic people are brown shirts'
Interview with a Serbian woman, by Jared Israel
The following interview took place several days after the October 5 coup in
Belgrade. The person interviewed has been a member of the Serbian Radical
party, a nationalist group. When I conducted the interview, I had the
impression she was still a member but she has informed me that now she is in
Jared: What's going on?
Gordana: Some very aggressive people from the opposition are grabbing
everything around here, in particular taking the institutions that have some
money, for instance the telecommunications company. They are scaring people
and beating people.
They want to destroy the results of previous elections by declaring that new
elections have to be held for the Serbian Parliament. Elections are not
supposed to be held for a year but they want them this fall. That would mean
the Serbian people would lose their representatives because the elections
would be held in an impossible situation. Whole groups of political parties
have no access to media. In the past we had many viewpoints because we had
government media and even more widespread was various shades of opposition
media. Now only one view. And there is day to day terrorizing of people. Mr.
Djindjic hopes that people will be too scared to run as candidates from those
parties which stand in his way.
Jared: You say there is "day to day terrorizing"?.
Gordana: Take this example. A friend of mine is intellectual. Every time her
phone rings she gets a threat from the other side. They stop her car in
traffic to threaten her, and so on. And this is a professional woman, the
daughter of a well-known professor. Even these people who are well known are
subject to threats. Another such woman, a reporter, visits me, and she is
afraid to go home alone and stays over - and this is in Belgrade! Can you
imagine how the common people feel? They are even more afraid. I was on a bus
full of tired, worried working people and one of these Otpor types got on and
demanded that the bus stands still and he says: "Listen! We have the power
now and you will see what we do!"
Jared: So you think that people will be afraid to vote for the Socialist or
Radical parties or other parties that oppose the coup?
Gordana: No, I think that people may be afraid to run as candidates for these
The Djindjic people took over all the radio stations and TV stations and
newspapers. On TV now you can't see even the regular old shows. It is
propaganda. The old ladies in Serbia like to watch soap operas from South
America but now they can't do that. You see they are poor and they have such
a hard life and now they don't have even this small pleasure. Instead we have
to watch stupid American government lies, even about the wars in Bosnia and
Croatia and so on. They have programs that blame the Serbs, for everything.
Can you believe this? Do they think we are morons, not to know our own
history. But the purpose here is also a kind of terror, to break the spirit.
To make people feel hope is lost.
Today they had a show on the television telling lies about Dubrovnik, showing
pictures to prove it was burned down in 1991 by the Yugoslav army. But
Dubrovnik has all the old buildings in perfect condition and I know this
because friends have been back to see the town, and it was not damaged. (1)
And these movies they now show to prove to us that the Serbs were responsible
for the wars this past decade. Why? Did we try to secede? Doesn't Yugoslavia
have a right to exist? .Would other countries allow secessionists and foreign
factors to destroy their nation? I have never seen such lies. Can you
imagine, having a situation where you can't stand to watch the TV or read the
Jared: I'm afraid I can imagine. What we mainly do on Emperor's Clothes is
expose lies. They create 'em faster than we can expose them. All I do is
Gordana: Today is 1941 in Yugoslavia. If there are people who don't know,
well, they will know it very soon. Even some people I spoke to who were
supporting the DOS now see this violence that is going on and they say,
"These Djindjic people are brown shirts."
[Brown shirts is a term for Fascists or Nazi's - E-C]
(1) I am writing a book about the Western media's lies about Yugoslavia. As
part of the research, I read many of the news reports written in 1991 about
Dubrovnik. As Gordana says, the Western claim is that the Yugoslavs (read:
Serbs) burned the place down. This lie was used to prove the Serbs were
ruthless monsters. When the first stories broke about burning Dubrovnik down
they produced a strongly anti-Serb response in the public so, wanting to make
the most of a good thing, the stories were repeated. In the "Independent" I
found Dubrovnik burned to the ground on not fewer than five occasions,
spanning a period of four months. Remarkable. Despite this repeated
cataclysm, Prof. Peter Maher, who is a knowledgeable witness, shot a film
during his March 1992 visit to Dubrovnik which proves there was no damage to
the old city.
There was indeed fighting in the Dubrovnik area. But the evidence I uncovered
during my research shows that the Yugoslav Army deliberately avoided shelling
the old city. Here is the basic sequence of events: the Croatian secessionist
troops attacked Yugoslav army barracks near Dubrovnik. The Yugoslav Army gave
chase. The secessionists retreated behind the old city digging in in areas
dangerously close to hotels in which they had housed refugees from the
fighting . In a moment of candor, Phil Davison, a reporter from the British
"Independent" admitted that this virtually guaranteed the shelling of hotels:
"The Croats have set up a mortar close to our hotel, just as they have next
to hospitals and refugee centres. This may make us a target for the army.
Sooner or later, they are going to lay a couple of rounds on us. The army is
zapping Lokrum island, 300 yards from my hotel. Mortars, machineguns, ack-ack
guns. It is deafening. A machinegun barrage rattles my windows. It is just a
matter of time."
(The 'Independent' November 17, 1991)
The press was full of stories of how the heartless Yugoslav Army was shelling
hotels where refugees were housed. Did the secessionists set up their
positions near the hotels in order to force the Yugoslavs to shell the hotels
and thus provide ammunition for anti-Yugoslav propaganda? Common sense
suggests they did. And more than common sense: consider this report, which
appeared in only two English language newspapers:
"Women And Children Barred From Leaving Croatian Town
"The six-member Dubrovnik crisis committee decided six days ago that the
defense of this coastal Adriatic city required the presence of all the
remaining women and children. UNICEF was informed of the decree three days
ago, and on Tuesday, it was first implemented when 200 people were prevented
from leaving the city on a UNICEF relief vessel that had brought supplies to
"First, he said, if the women and children stay, it will mean that the
attacking army would be shooting at them and not just at a walled city.
"Second, he said, their presence might force the army to hesitate before
"Third, if there is an attack, the international public reaction to such an
attack would be a public-relations coup for Croatia, which has been trying
desperately for months to get diplomatic and military support from the Westâ¦
"Only 100 of 300 people scheduled to leave on a ship Tuesday were allowed to
depart, and UNICEF was told by Dubrovnik officials that no one else would be
able to leave."(My emphasis, 'The Orange County Register,' December 5, 1991)
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