"Serbia has not renounced Milosevic's policy and fascism"
The historian Dubravka Stojanovic says that "nobody on the Serbian political scene has distanced themselves from the policies of Slobodan Milosevic."Source: Beta
According to her, "nobody has distanced themselves from the policies that led to crimes during the 1990s" while there have been "characteristics of fascism" in Serbia since then until today.
"I do not see that anyone relinquishing the Serb Republic, Kosovo, the crimes that were committed. Now we live in a country that has forms of terror that will, I think, continue to thrive," she told a gathering dubbed "Anti-fascism Today" held in Novi Sad.
Stojanovic thinks that after the fall of Milosevic in 2000 "a continuity of the same nationalism that came on the scene in 1987 was established."
She said that "one trait of the current populist regimes in Serbia and worldwide is that 'the present is simple while the future is complicated'."
Banja Luka-based culturologist Srdjan Susnica said the "retraditionalization" that is present in the former Yugoslavia is "an important element of fascism."
"Fascism is always in need of an eternal enemy and of the positioning towards others, while violence is an important precondition for any of fascism," he said, adding that "such phenomena can be clearly identified in the region."
The panel held at Club Fabrika of the Student Cultural Center Novi Sad was organized by the Regional Scientific Center of the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory.