The Day After
The day after: the streets are suspiciously clean.
government has taken care to obscure the shame of the
because obviously, it has echoed around the world and
Serbia is once
again the leading news in the foreign press.
The Serbs, with their legitimate right to mourn for
the loss of
Kosovo, were transformed into vandals who loot their
own city. They
broke into many foreign shops, stealing off with the
goods, made by those powers which gave away Kosovo.
It's a greedily
practical turn to the famous "inat" and spiteful
defiance that Serbs
generally offer the world community.
Images and footage of the broken windows, burned
embassies, and drunken teenage patriots is cruising
the world on
YouTube. Our newly elected president, who wisely and
retreated to Rumania during the ruckus, asked for
and peace last night.
Other participants of the rally have no such regrets.
"heroines" of this charade are two young blondes
filmed by candid
camera and posted on YouTube in a long snippet called
These wannabe global consumers are relentlessly
clothes from broken windows and dragging them in heaps
through a town
I am not surprised, although the spectacle
teenage girls seizing loot at "total discount" while
their cellphones is like my worst fears came true.
And not only mine. Today on the streets I saw the
worried faces of
local people who survived the night of the "popular
rally" in deep
anxiety. Some other young girls -- they obviously
didn’t loot for
shoes -- were talking in low voices: there were not
enough police. We
The American embassy evacuated much of its personnel,
Slovenian, and Croatian embassies closed today their
No visas for bad Serbs, who shun the
world to be
swiftly shunned in turn. Police have arrested 190
impressive damage to the town is still being
estimated: burned cars,
destroyed traffic lights, burned apartments, smashed
hundred people were hurt, mostly Serbian riot
policemen. One Czech
citizen is in critical condition.
Last night during the escalating violence my friends
Norway and Kosovo phoned me: Nora from Kosovo offered
me her own home
if I don’t feel safe within Belgrade. Nora admitted
that it sounded
nonsensical, but it was a sincere offer.
One group of dissident Serbian students from Belgrade
wanted to join
in solidarity with students in Kosovo for a Kosovo
peacemakers weren't allowed into Kosovo, though, being
There is one known fatality: a severely burned body
inside the vandalized American embassy. He has no
name, no face and
is probably a Serbian hooligan overwhelmed by his own
latest victim of a lethal myth.
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Previous essays by Jasmina Tešanović on BoingBoing:
- Jasmina Tešanović: Where Did Our History Go?
- Serbia Not Guilty of Genocide
- Carnival of Ruritania
- "Good Morning, Fascist Serbia!"
- Faking Bombings
- Dispatch from Amsterdam
- Where are your Americans now?
- Anna Politkovskaya Silenced
- Slaughter in the Monastery
- Mermaid's Trail
- A Burial in Srebenica
- Report from a concert by a Serbian war criminal
- To Hague, to Hague
Scorpions Trial, April 13
- The Muslim Women
- Belgrade: New Normality
- Serbia: An Underworld Journey
- Scorpions Trial, Day Three: March 15, 2006
- Scorpions Trial, Day Two: March 14, 2006
- Scorpions Trial, Day One: March 13, 2006
- The Long Goodbye
- Milosevic Arrives in Belgrade
- Slobodan Milosevic Died
- Milosevic Funeral