Thursday, September 25, 2008

A blog post where I don't talk about Krazy Karadzic and Maniac Mladic

In what should have been a story about the first major gay pride event in Sarajevo, has turned into a depressingly familiar story of a group of violent extremists (in this case some 70 Wahabbis) making complete asses of themselves, with some good old fashion violence thrown in for good measure. Although, I'm sure their signs had less misspellings that this one.


Besides the event itself and the courage of those who attended the event, another upside is the reaction of some NGOS who released this press release:
The tolerance of violence by a religious movement which has nothing to do with the (traditional) Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina, raises the question of whether Bosnia and Herzegovina is an Islamic or a secular country and whether Serbs, Croats, Jews and others are allowed to organise their cultural events during the holy month of Ramadan,” said a statement by the non-government organisation, Front. It also called on the Islamic community to openly denounce the vandals.



Let's hope they do.

H/T: Americans for Bosnia Blog.

8 comments:

Owen said...

This has been picked up by UK Foreign Minister Jim Murphy at his ministerial blog http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/murphy/entry/queer_sarajevo_festival

Daniel (Srebrenica Genocide Blog) said...

When I saw Sarajevo hooligans behaving same as Belgrade hooligans, I was disgusted. I am very "angry" that primitive groups of hooligans would disrupt Gay Festival in Sarajevo. What two adult men do is their own business. There is absolutely nothing wrong with homosexualism. It's as normal as saying "Hello!" I am a strong supporter of Gay rights, because they are human rights.

For the record, I am not gay, but even If I were, who cares. (But I am not).

Daniel said...

OFF TOPIC: Radovan Karadzic faces two separate counts of genocide.

Shaina said...

Dan-ita w/ your sentiments. Like I said in the piece one potential upside is that it exposes these extremists whether in Sarajevo or Belgrade for who they truly are; and several NGOS and the media have protested against their behavior in newspapers & editorial pages. I hope that with each year the event gains more popularity.

Owen said...

Dragan's got news of a neo-fascist parade in Belgrade on 11 October - http://serbie-droitshumains.blogspot.com/2008/09/marche-serbe-marche-de-la-haine-le-11.html
Spot the shadowy figure in the top right-hand corner of the poster.

Daniel (Srebrenica Genocide Blog) said...

Shaina, if you have time, please devote your next post to the issue of Srebrenica genocide denial.

My latest article is abotu Dutcbat Srebrenica genocide denier, Marco Van Hees, and we need to expose those activists.

Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor said...

Shaina, please check your e-mail.
I will keep bugging you until you update your blog :)

Owen said...

Interesting site about Siuth Eastern European Films - Bosnia page:http://www.filmfestival-goeast.de/index.php?article_id=372&clang=1