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Anti-Fascist Manifesto

Belgrade, October 17, 2013

Half a century ago when ex-Yugoslavia dissolved the Serbian society found itself at crossroads: to take the road of anti-fascism, democracy, cooperation and peace or the one of nationalism, leading towards rehabilitation of the Tchetnik Movement, revival of the Greater Serbia project, intolerance and war. With Milošević-Šešelj regime in power, the Serbian society opted for the later, fatal road and still pays heavily for making this wrong choice.

Catastrophic economic situation, the high unemployment rate, the insatiable public expenditure, the endemic corruption in public services – especially in the judiciary – large-scale clericalization of the society, the organized crime and its hookup with security services, the public opinion created by tabloids, the governmental policy that boils down to demagoguery and petty politics, unsolved constitutional issues, the country’s unstable international position, mass apathy and citizens disinterested in social problems – these are the outcomes of the rule by an incapable political class and its criminal ideology of Ravna Gora.

The laws on equal rights of tchetniks and partisans (2006) and rehabilitation of the Tchetnik Movement (2008) were passed. This legislation absolves tchetniks’ crimes, rehabilitates fascism and proclaims fascist collaborators anti-fascists. Last but not least, it relativizes fascism and anti-fascism. With this legislation Serbia’s political class not only mocks at the victims of fascism but also at common sense, historical truth and justice. This legislation – along with certain officials’ arguments that Yugoslavia would have been better off had it remained in alliance with fascists in 1941 – acts like a tonic to the right-wing extremism and neo-fascism’s aggressiveness at the public scene. Many either registered or unregistered neo-Nazi, neo-fascist and extreme rightist movements and groups are in action in today’s Serbia: they bring chaos to the streets, glorify war crimes, assault and kill people from minority groups and human rights defenders.

Anti-fascism is the value of civilization surpassing all ideologies and policies whatsoever. Anti-fascism is a moral attitude toward fascism as a criminal ideology one should not compromise with.

It’s high time that all anti-fascist and democratic forces in Serbia stand up and say ‘NO’ to fascism. Fascist crimes can be neither forgotten nor forgiven: statutory limitations are not applicable to war crimes. Denials of the Holocaust and the genocide committed in the territory of ex-Yugoslavia are crimes. Proclaiming persons who have committed mass crimes against women, children and the old anti-fascists or “heroes” of the Serbian people and staging ceremonial welcomes to war criminals convicted by ICTY are shameless provocations by Serbia’s fascism that should be punished for inciting war crimes.

With this Anti-fascist Manifesto we call for a joint action against fascism. To make this action efficient we call for a thorough review of the social background in which fascism has made a comeback and annulment of the shameless legislation that legalized the Tchetnik and the neo-Tchetnik genocidal movements. This legislation is the bedrock and the hotbed of Serbia’s fascism: any action against it will be in vain as long as it is in force and as long as schools indoctrinate generations of children that WWII collaborators were actually anti-fascists.

We present this Manifesto to citizens of Serbia to mark the 59th anniversary of liberation of Belgrade from fascism on October 20, 1944.






Belgrade, October 17, 2013



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