Extremists Until It Is too Late!
Novi Sad, July 13, 2007
"Civic Vojvodina" demands the relevant state
institutions to identify and adequately punish the perpetrators of the
last night's brutal assault against the activists of the "All Different
- All Equal" campaign organized within the Exit Festival with the
assistance of the Council of Europe.
"Civic Vojvodina" takes that the assault was not
accidental but deliberately aimed at compromising the Exit festival.
Having used up other "methods" for compromising the Exit, right-wing
extremists, xenophobes and ultra-nationalists resorted to their favorite
form of "combat" - violence.
We demand the police to identify the offenders and the
public prosecutor's office to charge them with spreading racial,
religious and ethnic hatred. The offenders should not be mildly punished
for misdemeanor as that would message that violence does pay.
"Civic Vojvodina" warns the public that extremist
movements mushroom in Serbia - not only in Novi Sad - with taciturn or
covert financial support of certain both opposition and ruling parties.
What they intend is to demonstrate - by assaulting foreigners at the
Exit festival - that Novi Sad, Vojvodina and Serbia are not normal
places one can live in, that we wouldn't tolerate difference and that we
"Civic Vojvodina" is proud of the fact that some
15,000 people from abroad visited this year's Exit festival. These days
Novi Sad brims with all sorts of differences - different races,
different languages, different nationalities, different religions.and
that is what make us happy and perceive Novi Sad as a part of Europe and
the world, which it has always been.
By adequately punishing those who assaulted the
activists of the anti-discrimination campaign, state institutions will
clearly show they would no longer tolerate violence, xenophobia,
chauvinism, fascism and other retrograde phenomena this society swarms
with. Otherwise, they would signal all and sundry that the highest
governmental officials have never abandoned the policy of isolationism.
"Civic Vojvodina" includes the following
Center for Regionalism, Novi Sad
Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina, Novi Sad
Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, Belgrade/Novi Sad
Center for the Development of Civil Society, Zrenjanin
Civic Fund "Panonija," Novi Sad
Open Lyceum, Sombor
Civic Action, Pancevo