Probably you remember the articles about Ganja March, Stormfront forum, the hooligans and the internet fights. Instead of a recapitlation on those articles, it seems that i will rather have the unfortunate opportunity to see all those cultural groups at the same place tomorrow – Republic square, Saturday 5th of May, 15:00. How come?
Well, it all started when the ganja legalization activists announced that they will organize a march with the intention of giving a voice in favor of legalizing pot. I already said earlier that I don’t have anything against the march or the legalization, but that it really isn’t our priority. But enough about me.
Ultra-right wing groups who oppose the legalization, and not only that, but don’t exactly see the difference between that and the West, the communism, democracy, homosexualism, hard drugs and pedophilia – basically all the things they disagree with – said that they will try and stop the march from taking place, explicitly saying in a public announcement that they will not restrain themselves from using violence. Organizations such as Obraz (christian right wing activists with close ties to SErbian Orthodox Church), Blood and honour, Nacionalni stroj and Konačni obračun (neonazi/white pride groups) and Garda cara Lazara (tzar Lazar’s guard, a phantom organization of paramilitary volounteers ready to try and win Kosovo back if it becomes independent) claim that they have support of Kosta Cavoski, a profesor at the Belgrade Law Faculty and eager defender of Milosevic while he was still in Hague.
Somewhat surprised by this announcement and by the fact that the police didn’t exactly respond to this publicaly announced violence they way they should have, legalization activists are already thinking about cancelling the march, but are still divided over the issue whether to withdraw or not.
So where do the football hooligans fit in here, you may wonder? It seems that they are also divided – partly because they hate the NGOs, partly because they hate the neonazi groups, partly because many of them like to smoke weed too. One thing they agree on is that they do love a good fight. This is why the internet forums are now the main battlefield with both marijuana activists and the rightwings are trying to win over football hooligans on their side for the Saturday march. On top of it all, the derby between Partizan and Red Star, our two biggest clubs and archrivals falls exactly on Saturday, 5th of March, so it seems as if the football fans will gather at the Republic square all the same, like they do in front of every game.
So let’s sum it up – we have:
- Orthodox christian right wing groups
- Neonazi christian right wing groups
- Neonazi anarchist right wing groups
- Antifascist groups who smoke weed
- Antifa groups who don’t smoke weed
- Paramilitary groups with unclear affiliations
- Football hooligans who like weed
- Football hooligans who hate NGOs
- Football hoolingas who hate neonazis
- Marijana legalization activists who are not members of any NGO
- Marijuana activists members of some NGO
- Marijuana activists who are also football hooligans
- NGO sector who hates neonazis and football hooligans
- People returning home from Zeleni Venac and Bajloni green markets
and of course, in each and every one of these groups we have:
- Straight people
- Gay people
- Bisexual people
- Red Star fans
- Partizan fans
Talk about a cultural diversity, eh? Hopefully you won’t hear from me again on this “event”, cause if you do, it won’t be the good news.