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          Recent events in Belgrade, which have already lost the attention to the regular and world news, are showing clearly the depth of the “wasted years’ scars”. The Government of the Republic of Serbia had suffered a complete defeat by the blood thirsty hate of those who were growing up and forming their personalities during last twenty years. The proverb says that “the people have the government that they deserve”. The people of Serbia and its government have shown that they deserve each other.

          The Government of Serbia was announcing for months that they will give all the necessary support to the “Pride Parade”, in a desperate attempt to present the country in the better light to the European Union, the main “arbiter” of its moral transformation. The parade was endorsed by the few ministers in the Government, while some of the officials announced their presence on the event. Three days before the event, the members of the Government collectively supported the manifestation. Yet, the politicians stepped down in the critical moment when the furious rage of the individuals wreaked on foreigners in the centre of Belgrade. And the rest of the story is well known.

          The obvious question is how the officials managed to react in such a amateur manner to the delicate issue as this one. The officials had two paths when the word about the possibility of the “Pride Parade” began to spread: either to acknowledge the truth about the civil society in Serbia and thus to ban the manifestation or to support it firmly till the very end. Still, the outturn of the events showed all the questions, dilemmas and doubts of the Serbian society and its leaders: they wanted the best and hoped that everything would turn out fine, believing that force cannot be stopped by force.  Even the few thousand policemen on the Belgrade streets cannot prevent the truth to come out - the atmosphere of apathy and despair in the country together with the consequences of the unfinished project of the Serbian national identity have created the combustible amalgam years ago. This amalgam is now in the process of “chain explosions” within youth, the social strata which is not aware of anything better, because they have not seen in their lives. That is the core of the problem, which certainly cannot be prevented by one of two battalions of police forces.

          “Pride Parade” should not have been organized in the first place, because Serbia still lives its close past in which the violence was a part of the cultural milieu, and the Serbian authorities are still uninformed about the characteristics of the society that they are “leading” to the “brighter” future.

          Translated by Igor Novakovic, CCMR Intern

        • Tags: Serbia, human rights, lgbt, gender and security, pride parade
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