PAGE 6/6



PAGE 6 ::: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

INFO   :::  Press Release - PAGE 6 > NIN Weekly: Orchestrated Campaign Against any Dissonant Voice


NIN Weekly: Orchestrated Campaign Against any Dissonant Voice

Latinka Perovic, the Most Influential Woman in Serbia

04/19/2006 , HCHRS

In the issue of April 13, 2005, one of Serbia's most popular weeklies, NIN, set apart six pages to a piece of "investigative journalism" dealing with outstanding historian Latinka Perovic. The excerpts from this story presented in the paragraphs below probably best testify of the orchestrated campaign against any dissonant voice in today's Serbia.


Latinka Perovic, the Most Influential Woman in Serbia



Boxed column:

"The 'alternative Serbia' is the topic that calls for clarification and can be tackled from different angles. NIN has investigated for weeks the public (or less public) activity and political heritage of Latinka Perovic seen by many as an icon and ideologist of the 'alternative Serbia.' To write the article to be carried in two installments, the author has interviewed ten-odd figures and read piles of written material. NIN has decided against interviewing Latinka's political opponents (from the 'first Serbia') or the people who had been in any way victims of repression in the period of 'Liberals'' rule in late 1960s.

Journalist Zoran Cirjakovic has solely interviewed Latinka's colleagues - historians - personal or family friends from different periods of her life, and her comrades in arms both from the era of 'Liberals' and the 'alternative' Serbia of 1990s. All those people - whose insights made it possible to portray this powerful and secretive woman - wanted to remain anonymous [1]. Some wanted anonymity for the sake of longstanding friendship. Asked why no interviewee from the 'alternative Serbia' would not speak out about this extremist segment of the civic scene, one of them said, 'People /from the 'alternative Serbia'/ are afraid of them.They look like some secret society with huge influence and the people are afraid of being discredited. Scores of scientists, researchers and activists are doing magnificent things for Serbia but depend on foreign foundations' financial assistance. Should they speak up, the former will undermine them and probably block their projects.'

The people from Latinka's circle denied interviews to NIN. NIN has not even tried to interview Latinka Perovic.

In its next issue, NIN will broach the war within the 'alternative Serbia' /in which Latinka triumphed/, similarities and differences between Dobrica Cosic and Latinka Perovic /an interviewee labeled her 'Dobrica Cosic of the alternative Serbia'/ and Latinka Perovic's influence on the Liberal Democratic Party and other 'civic' political parties."


* * *

".'What we have over here is the conflict between two extremisms - Seselj's national Bolshevism, which is to be found in many Latin American states, and Latinka's Stalinist liberalism. Both rely on social Radicals believing one can leap over ten steps and meet people's basest expectations,' says an outstanding historian from Belgrade.

'She acts from the shadow and lets the others speak on her behalf. The circle wherein she plays a guru disseminates a black-and-white picture of Serbia, and a picture as such can never be faithful. They have contributed to the West's delusions and spoonfed those eager to prevent a rational perception of Serbia. By referring to us as a black hole, the people of darkness and the people of hatred, they have not only jeopardized Serbia, but also the entire region.Today, they are telling Europe it should leave such people behind,' says a chairwoman of a renowned non-governmental organization. 'Seselj's and Latinka's extremisms alike are pushing Serbia over the edge of normalcy. Actually teamed up, the two extremisms narrow the scope of normalcy.'

".Latinka exercise her influence primarily through a group of her loyal 'civil mujahedeens' who, as an interviewer put it, absolutely adore her. Her huge influence is not to be ascribed to some major breakthroughs, but to the fact that she has marginalized and paralyzed Serbia, and that her interpretation, usually voiced by her loyal associates, has such influence on the international community.

"Latinka's major mouthpieces and pawns are to be found in Ceda's Liberal Democratic Party and the Helsinki Committee. Those people often guest the radio show 'Sand-Glass' that is their main mouthpiece. 'Some of them are most talented, clever and nice people but overtaken by frustration, fury and hatred. Today they stand for a wasted potential in a country that nevertheless makes progress. Many of them are perplexed by the fact that some doors remain open to Serbia in spite of all,' says an interviewee. 'Unfortunately, the most loud-mouthed among them are intellectual and moral dwarfs, the people whose exclusiveness and stupidity have made the Serbs run away from the alternative Serbia.'

"What Latinka mostly puts in footnotes, places between quotation marks or just hints at, her front men turn into an avalanche of unfinished, offensive and fatalistic phrases. Lacking Latinka's erudition, her epigones - intent to reform and modernize Serbia under summary procedure, by force, through territorial amputations and punishment - offer a mixture of half-truths, stereotypes and pictures from the 19th century spiced with communist zeal to give shape to a 'new,' European man at all costs.

".Latinka Perovic and her circle are obsessed with the Orient and its destructive legacy in Serbia. In the worst possible spirit of European cultural racism, Srdja Popovic writes, 'Serbia faces two incompatible options: Europe or Asia and its mud. There is no middle way. Serbia cannot sit on both chairs since they are at such distance.' Sonja Biseko, Latinka's main 'transmission' and probably among the most bizarre products of Milosevic's era, titled her book wherein she attempted to 'dig deeper into the sum and substance of the Balkans' and, in particular, Serbia's political catastrophe in late 20th century' 'Serbia in the Orient.' Nikola Samardzic speaks about 'neo-Asiatic folklore' and destruction of 'life forces swallowed by the predominant elites' Asiatic mental despotism.'

".Some time ago, Sonja Biserko spoke of 'the terror of the majority led by the basest instincts' in the Serbian society 'marked by destruction and primitivism of sorts.' Even should we agree with their standpoint, no one could possibly deny that destruction and primitivism are actually characteristic of her circle.

"They hate Kostunica and Tadic more than Seselj. That's because they fear normalcy. They are aware there is no room for them in a normal Serbia. They keep telling us we are deadlocked. That's nonsense, but a most dangerous nonsense. I've never heard about a society that has not find a way out of a blind alley. Today they claim we are deadlocked because of retrograde trends. Well, those people used to tell us we would never get rid of Milosevic. Just listening to them is an awful experience. Were it not for the democratic block, for Kostunica and Tadic, Serbia would be left without democratization and normalcy. No matter how much I disagree with Kostunica and Tadic, no matter how much I would prefer something else - which is nowhere to be seen - Serbia can certainly find a way out of any blind alley,' says a source from a renowned non-governmental organization."

Zoran Cirjakovic

(To be continued)


[1] The author's sources are referred to as "an outstanding historian from Belgrade," "the chairwoman of a renowned non-governmental organization," "her former associate," "an old family friend, "her former comrade in arms," "Latinka's colleague," etc.





PAGE 6 ::: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6










Copyright * Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia - 2008

Web Design * Eksperiment