Srbin Info Media
Media and personal freedom in Serbia have hit a new low over the last several days.
On February 15, a large citizens’ protest rally took place in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, around the statue of Czar Nicholas II. The assembled citizens were protesting against the ultimatum recently presented to the Serbian government by France and Germany to officially recognize and legally accept the secession of the NATO occupied southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija. They were using their constitutional right to voice their views and were urging the government to reject the ultimatum. The Serbian public believes that the ultimatum was conceived and written by the Biden Administration and that Britain and France were merely used as delivery boys.
A collateral issue is Serbia joining anti-Russia sanctions, which Western government have been pressuring and cajoling its government to do since the start of the Special Military Operation in the Ukraine a year ago. The Serbian government has been delaying compliance with these demands, but there are increasing signs that it is preparing to give in to US and EU pressure in the near future. On both issues, opinion polls show that the Serbian public are opposed to both recognizing Kosovo and joining anti-Russia sanctions by overwhelming majorities of between 85 to 90%.
The February 15 protest was covered by our media service, Srbin Info. Our editor, Dejan Petar Zlatanović also spoke at the rally to express his personal opposition to both the Kosovo ultimatum and the plan to introduce sanctions against Russia. In his remarks he stated that “whoever signs off on giving up Kosovo is a dead man.” The police, which monitored the rally, interpreted his remarks as a direct threat to assassinate Serbia’s President Alexander Vučić and promptly arrested Zlatanović. The violent arrest of our editor, who is 60 and also happens to be a person with a congenital disability, has been filmed and posted on Twitter. Take a listen to his screams as the regime police are taking him away:
Serbian law provides for detention of no more than 48 hours, unless the prosecutor’s office can satisfy a judge that the detained person constitutes a danger to society, in which case the court can order a longer detention. As the 48 hour period was expiring and the authorities were facing a legal obligation to release Mr. Zlatanović, the prosecutor charged him with planning to violently overthrow the “constitutional order” and requested that the court approve detention of at least 30 days, pending an investigation. Our editor Zlatanović announced that he would begin a hunger strike if the prosecutor’s extended detention request were granted.
Along with Zlatanović the police also arrested human rights activist Damnjan Knežević. During the arrest, Knežević was beaten so badly that he had to be transferred from prison to a hospital to receive medical treatment.
The Serbian regime has managed to deceive a part of the Western public with the narrative that it would never knuckle under to Western pressure to recognize NATO occupied Kosovo as an independent state separate from Serbia and would not impose sanctions on Russia. It was lying on both counts. Now that the farce is falling apart and under Western threats and blackmail it is preparing to do both, it is trying to silence all truth tellers, as evidenced by the repression of opposition media and illegal detention of our editor, Dejan Petar Zlatanović. We ask all who believe in freedom of expression to write to the office of Serbia’s President Alexander Vučić to demand the immediate release of Mr. Zlatanović and Mr. Knežević and the dropping of all charges for legal and non-threatening speech that is protected by Serbia’s constitution and the European Declarations on Human Rights.
Please direct your appeal to:
President of Serbia
Writing letters will do nothing at all. Just a farce.
The only way is millions to take to the streets and camp them.
Agree completely – The people will have to be solidly opposed. Not easy but warranted.
We know what it is like to be under the foot of a totalitarian government, we have Justin Castreau, sorry that your government is a fraud and innocent people are suffering.
I generally go by the motto, “if it looks like a rat, it is a rat”. I never liked the look of Vucic and as far as I am concerned he will eventually sell out Serbia. Alarm bells rang for me when they put in a lesbian prime minister – an action that goes against all the values and traditions of our Orthodox brothers.
Let’s also call a spade a spade – the Balkans is totally corrupt – always has been. Regardless of what system is installed, be it Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, Democracy etc, it will not work because the ruling people are always corrupt. They always easily bought off. This is the case in all the former republics of Yugoslavia. Any system could work for the benefits of the region but it won’t because the people there are always easily bought off. There is also this never-ending concept of self-importance prevalent among the Balkan people. If you’re in a position of power – be it a president, factory manager or university professor etc, you feel you are privileged to do whatever you want at the expense of your subordinates. Society cannot fu action harmoniously this way.
I don’t understand why Serbia 9and the other former republics want to be part of the EU. Has there ever been a request to join the Eurasian Union, BRICS, etc? At the same the Russians made a huge mistake to not focus on Yugoslavia and post-Yugoslavia to maintain its influence there. We know the many reasons why they couldn’t but the loss of the Balkans has become, I think, an irreversible situation for Russia. Why is there no Russian base in Serbia?
Hopefully, this will all change but I advent got my hopes up.
“Why is there no Russian base in Serbia?”
It seems Russia didn’t push for it, nor did it go out of its way to help Serbia. Most Russia help came after Serbian proposals and work. It was Milosevic who managed a free trade agreement with Russia, however it was too late for it to do any good because not long after that the coup happened and the western puppet sell-outs got in charge.
Serbia really need Russia’s help to rebuild after the NATO bombing devastation, but Russia wouldn’t help. Serbia was even flying Russians in to observe their 24/7 rebuilding of the country, and Russians would note this, but never offered to join in.
Russia also threatened to cut off gas to Serbia for debt in the run-up to the elections between Milosevic & the DOS, and this just added pressure on Serbia’s government. (And no one knows which side won, since the vote was so close and then OTPOR burned the ballots for the run-off.)
Russia does have a humanitarian base in Nis.
But it doesn’t seem like Russia wants to stick out its hand too much for Serbia. Russia was even reluctant to help the Donbass for almost 8 years until the situation became too alarming.
Russia is very cautious and not bold, or if bold (the SMO was bold) then too little and too late to fully counter NATO.
A. Vucic would NEVER accept a Russian military base, his Nato masters won’t allow that. Vucic did not even accept a diplomatic status for the few Russian humanitarian workers, because his Nato masters were afraid they might be spies.
He should not have made an implicit death threat in a country where a president has been shot dead. Protesters should instead shout out loud “The president needs to be arrested for violating the constitution”. And yes, A. Vucic needs to be arrested. Why is he still in power if he does not like to do the things western powers are telling him he should do?!
They also conveniently “forgot” to mention that one of the people going to protests was arrested with a hunting rifle, scope and four bullets. Strictly speaking, it doesn’t implicate the two people that were arrested, but it does paint a more complete and ACCURATE picture of the protest movement.
They found a gun at the protests or in his home? Big difference.
Many people in Former Yu have hunting rifles. In Bosnia muslims celebrate with machine gun fire in the air when they have their religious events. My nephew, even had handgrenades, plastic explosives leftover from the war.
In the car while he was driving to the protest.
b92 is sponsored by the dutch government for many years since at least 1999. I remember it reading on the b92 own website in 1999.
> b92 is sponsored by the dutch government for many years since at least 1999. I remember it reading on the b92 own website in 1999.
So? The question is what are the facts, not who reports them.
The facts are that Vucic should have been tried for treason a long time ago in a normal country.
Why would anyone want to read that b92 garbage. Why are they publishing a list of highest paid jobs in the west?! What has that to do with the people in Serbia? Why are they spreading Ukrainian/Western propaganda? As an example they spread the lies Russia is lacking Kinzhal missiles and other expensive missiles because they haven’t been used that much. B92 journalistsare so stupid and brainwashed with western propaganda, they do not realize Russia is waging a force economics war, Russia is not going to use missiles that are more expensive than their targets.
Do you think it would be accepted in a normal country for a Main Stream Media to be financed by a foreign and hostile government?
I presume we are therefore in agreement: a member of People’s Patrols has been arrested for bringing a rifle to a protest, proving not all is as it seems. :) http://www.mup.gov.rs/wps/portal/sr/aktuelno/saopstenja/099cec1c-f466-4e57-aa4c-6ff4ffcf61b4 You can use Google translate or whatever.
Yeah, I’ve got an s200 from back in the day at the bottom of my garden.
Who in their right f—ing mind would want to subject their citizens to the mercy of Club EU?
That indeed would be a criminal act, treasonous in fact.
Zlatanovic will almost certainly be released in the coming days, Aleksandar Vucic is the most media/PR obsessed president that Serbia has had since Yugoslavia was destroyed back in 1991. When Slobodan Milosevic was head of state all through the 90s, you could count the number of TV interviews he participated in on your hand, he was on the nightly news constantly for the usual type reasons, receiving some foreign dignitary, taking part in peace talks, & what not, but interviews & press conferences, he didn’t do them. Or when he did, it was a rare event. Now you have Vucic who literally does not go a day that he doesn’t do some kind of media stunt, lately he has even taken to recording himself on his mobile phone addressing the nation & posting it on You Tube. This is a guy who was made Minister for Information at the tender age of 27 back in 1998/99. He was the only minister in the government at the time that NATO bombed Serbia that demonstrated publicly that he was terrified by the bombing, the rest of the government, as repulsive as it was, maintained their composure reasonably well under the circumstances. At that time he was a member of what was a hardcore nationalist political party, Srpska Radikalna Stranka (Serbian Radical Party) which still exists but has no real support to speak of & has no representatives in parliament, they can not reach the 3% census – they were once the most popular party in the country. Arresting Zlatanovic is a warning, not to go too far. What was done to Damjan Knezevic I suspect has more than one reason to it, he visited Russia not long ago where he met with various Russian politicians & officials & gave a press conference in which he warned the Russian government & Vladimir Putin not to trust Aleksandar Vucic because he is an agent of the west & at some point he will turn on Russia as the west commands him to do. So Knezevic got a beating I fear for this reason, & others, the police track his movements constantly, they have prevented him from attending political events in various parts of the country by delaying him at road blocks & other such tactics. Serbia, unfortunately, in infiltrated very very deeply, almost all the media is either controlled or directly influenced by the west, & they host a string of the most repulsive pro-western liberal fascists that you would not allow into your home for coffee. Dragan Sormaz is only one of many, but he is among the most disgusting characters in Serbian political life, he is on television daily talking about Russian atrocities in Ukraine, Russian soldiers raping young boys, & all kinds of other grotesque tripe that would make a normal person sick. Vucic himself has always – to me – demonstrated signs of being seriously deranged. He will, in the end, do whatever the west demands of him, including sanctions on Russia & recognition of Kosovo. The problem here is the Serbian populace, what are they going to do? The power really is in their hands. Anyone who knows Serbian society well, or is from there, knows that it is actually a very easy country in which to organise, because despite the fact that the country has been substantially urbanised since WW2, & experienced a certain amount of atomization that goes along with urbanization, Serbian families remain quite strong & numerous. If your average person in Belgrade, or Novi Sad, or Sabac, Valjevo, Kragujevac, Nis, Vranje, wherever, were to call all their relatives out to protest & barring the sick & infirm they were all to show, just one family could raise anywhere between 50 to a 100 people to protest. In Montenegro/Crna Gora, we had the litije in 2020, & that kind of proves my point. If people really do turn against Vucic for what is going to come, then you will see him ousted in a mass movement, but in Serbia people are generally very apathetic, although most people have a sense of patriotism somewhere deep inside them, & many people express a level of national pride, very few people are prepared to act on it. Having said that, when Vucic’s government attempted to introduce a second round of lock downs, there was a mass protest then that was quite violent & clearly shook him to the extent that he abandoned the lock down. So it is not impossible that Serbia could see some kind of mass uprising, but Vucic is very much aware of the potential, he himself participated in countless protests during his political career in his younger days, & he is obsessed with media/PR, so whether the populace really has what it takes to do what it may need to do is questionable. But Zlatanovic’s arrest is a warning to others.
Compare present day politicians with past politicians.
Politicians in the past had style and a superior intelect. Today? Politicians today cannot even wipe their own noses.
Serbia has been run by quislings sine Milosovic was delivered gift wrapped to the Reich in the Hague,they are a disgrace,i hope the people rise up,another thing is why do they elect those quislings?
So true. But what Serbia has now is unheard of in term of economic destruction, moral corruption of the whole society and general decay. All brought to us by the EU/NATO clowns run by the US Satanists. The amount of betrayal this government has done dwarfs everything their predecessors had done. In fact, this Quisling government has incorporated all the major players of the previous Quisling governments. The parliament is full of both more sophisticates globo and primitive domestic LGBT+ pathological “activists” and open prostitutes places in position of ministers.
Serbia is done.
Not yet Marko, no yet.
It took 35 years of sanctions, subversion through established Titoists whose kids are now in power (those that did not OD) and two criminal bombardments but I am afraid the people are there where the Satanists want them to be – in shackles of debt, pornography, envy and family disfunction. Miracles are always possible, but there are very tough days ahead of us.
If it is of any consolation, the former brothers/neighbours crossed (returned) to the dark side voluntarily.