Update: Rachel’s report from the protest.
by Dejanovic (more pictures on his myspace)
As I said on twitter already, I couldn’t go to Novi Sad today – no good excuse for that really. Luckily, there were several hundred people that did go to protest fascist/neonazi/call-it-what-you-will-but-its-wrong-anyway gathering. Mixed crowd of antifascism protesters really: some political parties (unfortunately not all political parties), some NGOs, all fronted by Antifa Novi Sad and few more organizations of more ultraleftist orientation.
The first videos are popping up, this one shows the moment when the police decided that it’s time to arrest ultra-rights, later i will find some more:
Internet reports say that there were 50-100 neonazis, 20 to 30 of them were arrested in this police action. As for the antifascist protest, claims go from several hundred to 2 thousand, I guess it was difficult to judge. I wish there were more people, but since I wasn’t there, I guess I lost my right to bitch about that.
The incident happened when neonazis started shouting at the antifascist crowd passing by and waving Serbian flag with nazi symbol on it – from what I understood Antifa guys and girls responded by shouting back and then the neonazis started throwing stones at them, then the police reacted like they did on the video.
All in all, I am glad that the turnout was pretty good and that a lot of the neonazis were arrested. Unfortunately there were some injured people in the antifascist crowd, hurt by thrown stones.
I will have more reports about this later when i find some more reports on other Serbian blogs and hopefully a report from an antifascist protester. So far, You can see some pictures at Dragan Varagic weblog and Jelena Krajsic B92 blog, as well as comment from Eric on his blog.