„We haven’t faced our own crimes“

“From Milanović, Vučić, Kurti, we have people who have a vocabulary that was much stronger than it was in the nineties,” journalist and analyst, Milivoje Mihajlović, said in an interview for KoSSev, noting that no one in the region “faced their own crimes.” “New generations have come, and yet we still don’t have answers to old questions,” N1 journalist, Danica Vučenić, added. Commenting on society in Serbia, she says that it „continually stands at the same point“ and rotates „around its own axis“.

The author of the show “Iza vesti“ on N1 TV and a Pristina-born journalist, now a resident of Belgrade – Milivoje Mihajlović, spent a few days in Mitrovica last week. They were KoSSev’s guests at the award ceremony of the first annual “ČasTnica“ award for professionalism and integrity. The award, which Vučenić came up with, was presented to Mihajlović.

On the lack of perspective for joint life

Mihajlović told KoSSev that walls are being erected among the peoples of the Balkans.

“We have a project, I feel that all sides want to erect walls between one and the other, to prove to everyone, including the most doubting Thomas, that there is no common life and that there is no prospect for shared life,“ Mihajlović said.

He also indicated the leaders in the region are guided by nurturing the narrative of hatred towards the other as a modus operandi of staying in power, thereby deceiving their citizens.

“If you mention to officials in Croatia that the Storm was ethnic cleansing, they will gouge your eyes out. If you mention the tombs in Batajnica, the government will suffocate you, they won’t let you talk about it. If you mention in Bosnia who killed whom, why Sarajevo is empty, or in Kosovo why there are no Serbs in Prizren,“ explains Mihajlović.

Murders walk on the streets of our towns

According to him, each side needs to address their own crimes.

“We constantly say – ‘why are we going to talk about crimes all the time, while Croats, Albanians, Muslims are silent’. Not! Start talking! It’s in your favor! Condemn the criminals. Today, people who have been killing people for 25-30 years are walking around Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo, and Pristina.”

In his words, the path to healing lies in “clearing” things up and starting to talk about the crimes of one’s community.

Instead of democratic trends, in the countries of the region, stabilocracy reigns, he warned, noting that stabilocracy has turned into „kleptocracy“.

“What kind of democracy are we talking about?! Today, they make fun of the death of a renowned journalist 25 years after the murder! The government and the judicial system are mocking us. This is not specific to Belgrade alone. In Croatia, you know how much it costs to get a year off your prison sentence, and in Bosnia, everywhere. This is the stabilocracy: ‘Let it go in the Balkans – just so that rivers of blood don’t start. Let them steal, let them do whatever they want!’ – that’s what both the East and the West are doing.”

Vučenić: New generations, but old unanswered questions

Commenting on the society in Serbia, N1 journalist, Danica Vučenić, stated that it „continually stands at the same point“ and rotates „around its own axis“.

As evidenced by the fact that the same leaders have been in power since the 1990s.

“And you constantly collide with the same circle of unanswered questions, about identity, language. We have the same players. The Serbian government is made up of the same people who were in power when the bombing took place.”

New generations have come, and yet we still don’t have answers to old questions, she added.

“We did not agree on who won World War II, let alone on some other topics. We didn’t face anything. Our media write about the crimes of other parties, but no media, let alone a few politicians from the opposition, mention the pit with bodies in the neighborhood of Belgrade, on the slopes of Belgrade.“

Read more in a separate news piece, and watch the interview below:

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