Rioting Americans, News
October 15, 2010 by USA Post
Rioting Americans, (AP) – Thousands of black-clad young men ransacked the center of Belgrade, hurling Molotov ccktails and grenades at the police tried to protect gay rights March 1. Soccer fans throw flares and fireworks on the field during a qualifying match for the championship, forcing its cancellation.
A recent increase in attacks by extremists on the right is between the pro-Western government of Serbia against a movement that aims to destabilize the administration publicly and derail his hopes of joining the European Union.
The movement is a mixture of violence of football fan clubs and officially recorded right-wing “patriotic” organizations with longstanding ties to the nationalist politicians and organized crime.
Use of unemployed, angry young as infantry, groups espouse hatred of minorities and the anger in the West over its actions against Serbia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, including the bombing of NATO of Serbia over its crackdown against Albanian separatists in Kosovo.
Their numbers swollen by rising unemployment, the group members become fixtures of life in the suburbs of Belgrade. Generally less educated men in there 20s, they shaved head and tattoos heavy sports – often-religious images or historical dates relating to Kosovo, which they see as the heart of Serbia.
Many wear large wooden Serbian Orthodox cross around his neck and make baseball bats, iron bars and knives.
Over 150 people was injured Sunday when thousands of extremists clashed with police in running battles trying to protect a gay pride March? The government as a sign that Serbia is ready to protect human rights assessed by the EU promoted the march.
Rioters attacked the ruling party headquarters, state television and liberal media. They received the support of nationalist politicians who blamed the violence on the government to allow the gay parade.
EU officials said that riots anti-gay candidate could undermine Belgrade to join the bloc. Groups right-wing Serbian warned against further violence if the government does not respond to requests including the abandonment of its EU targets.
“We hope and attractive on the Government to take our warning seriously … to avoid a future wave of violence,” said Vladan Glisic Dveri group, which claims to defend the traditional values of the Serbian family and religion.
Serbia’s body high security, the National Security Council said Thursday that the riots extremist groups have tried to create instability and unrest, but the country remains stable insisited. Parliament’s Security Council said the authorities must also contain the extremist groups and punish all those who took part in the riot, but it was agreed that the constitutional order of Serbia had not been compromised.
The U.S. private intelligence firm Stratfor said, however, the rise of the extreme-right in Serbia could cause problems in the Balkans.
“A Serbian ultranationalist could wreak havoc on European Union and the priorities of the United States,” the group said in its report.
A game of Italy and Serbia European championship qualifier was abandoned Tuesday in Italy, when Serbia fans threw flares and fireworks on the ground, burned an Albanian flag and broke barriers – one day before the Netherlands was to decide whether to approve the continued Serbia’s accession negotiations the EU.
Among the Serbian fans arrested in Italy was the alleged ringleader of the riot, Ivan Bogdanov.
In addition to being the leader of the notorious “Ultra Boys” club Red Star Belgrade football fan, Bogdanov is also a member of the Movement 1389, named after the Serbian historic battle against the Ottoman Turks in Kosovo. It was accused of involvement in the fire at the U.S. embassy in Belgrade in 2008 when nationalists protested U.S. support for the secession of Kosovo from Serbia, according to court documents Serbs.
The 30 year old has been arrested five times on various charges, including drug trafficking and attack the American embassy, but was released pending trial.
“We arrested these people, but they soon go free because of a slow judicial system,” the police of Serbia, Ivica Dacic chief complained Thursday.
The first sign of the violent disintegration of the former Yugoslavia in 1990 when Red Star clashed with supporter’s hooligans Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.
Serbian fans were led by Zeljko Raznatovic gang boss, known as Arkan, who later recruited the fans of Red Star’s paramiliaries Tigers who have carried out atrocities in Croatia and Bosnia. After being indicted for crimes against humanity by a UN tribunal, Arkan was assassinated in a Belgrade hotel in 2000.
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