PR opinion – Protests in Serbia

lanci6  When it seemed that in Serbia everything has completely died out, considering movement of the masses and resistance to the system of oppression, the masses are back on the streets.

  Whether these protests are spontaneous or organized by someone, it is not so relevant now. We are not going to analyze who can be the ‘organizor’. Our goal is to find the cause of this movement, its ideas and forces as well as the results we can expect.

  The main reason for these protests is the bad socio-economic status of the people. Students in Serbia have lost all their hope that life for them here will be any better. Within many ordinary people there is a wish to “fulfill” their life goals in acceptable economic conditions, where they will get the chance to live a decent life, and that dream had been presented to them – that they will live in “European welfare” and in “Serbia with Europen values”. And the students were always ready to accept that neoliberal myth of “happy life”. But now everything collapsed in front of their very eyes. Europe has changed and become something else, it embraced fascism, and there are many conflicts within, and this kind of “welfare” in so longer available to everyone. At the same time this neoliberal dream in Serbia, where it was constantly promoted by the dictator and servant of capital, Aleksandar Vučić, started to break into pieces and all his lies emerged so clear on the surface. And all of his lies could keep on going were there not something else in the masses. Because of the global political situation and because it is suitable for the capital, one-party dictatorship started to be implemented; or better to say the dictatorship of one man with his clique around him whom the imperialist support. Dictatorship in which they do not even respect the essential rules of former bourgeois democracy. These dictatorships preserve its rule using a brutal force. That is the case not only in Serbia, but in many other countries in the world and it is a well known reaction of the world of capital on order to save and preserve the foundations of its existence.

  Students are caught in a trap – they  have no place to go they don’t want to stay under the dictatorship of one man, his clique and under pleasure of dictatorship of capital. It was the basic motive and the “fuel” that drove these young people to protests on the streets.

  And while students are demonstrating on the streets, the proletariat is and has been scattered (a long time ago), disorganized and brought under the leadership of corrupted unions. Individual acts of resistance are the last moves of desperate people in this passivity (many of them committing suicides). Not only that they did not join protests, but so far they have been indirectly protecting dictatorship. The proletariat has been brought to the utmost state of despair, fear and subordination. This happened because, among the workers, in this very unfavorable conditions, class organization is not developed and cannot defend even some of their basic interests.

  To the students protestors only people from middle classes that have been pauperized can join. Also, the lumpen-proletariat from suburbs can join, as well as the sports fan clubs (if someone can organize them).

  If we are to learn a lesson from the more energetic and better organized protests that emerged in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014, then we can say that these protests in Serbia are not fueled by dissatisfaction needed to move forward.  Protests have  not yet established the necessary charge of class hatred, nor are supported by the working class.

  However, analyzing the  slogans in these protests can give us a new perspective, which has not been seen in Serbia for a long time. Apart from the idea and advocates of neoliberal fascism in the manner of ​​Western imperialism and supranational capital, ideas and supporters of the national-fascism representing "patriotic ideas" that are in the interests of Russian imperialism, there are also, for the first time, some revolutionary ideas and their supporters who are in positions of class struggle against the dictatorship of capital and the imperialists of all kinds. This will be the biggest achievement of the protests. It has created in the political scene a base to promote ideas of radical left with much clearer goals. In addition to the fight against dictatorship, corruption, robbery, injustices within the system the "class resistance" started to penetrate and the slogans that system needs to be smashed. The working class is once again "establishing" their class consciousness in the newly created conditions after the decades of defeats.

  As far as a class conflict is concerned, it is certain that Serbia will not be as "dead" as it is now. These are opportunities for workers and the unemployed to engage in political struggle and to break away from this miserable living and hopelessness. It is also the obligation of the revolutionary groups to engage more actively and attempt to lead the future protests. And this combination of revolutionary ideas in the protests and activists who represent them resolutely, inevitably will encourage the Croatian, Bosnian, Albanian, Montenegrin, Macedonian and other Balkan people to rise against the dictatorship of capital, because they are all in the same position.

   All these protests in the Balkan countries, can not lead to the destabilization of the system at the moment, nor threaten the positions of the imperialists on Balkan. Nationalism is not as present as in previous decades, and the masses are not eager to fight for some nationalist goals. However, we must consider that there will be more conflicts globally among imperialist powers and throughout the region, and overnight conflicts can rise to a higher level. That can trigger process of awakening the class resistance in the former Yugoslavia and push back all these protests by introducing permanent “state of emergency”. But neither of these actions can prevent the enevitable beginning of this process – there are some new revolutionary forces emerging in all Balkan countries, similar to those already existing Turkey and Greece.

  Long live the revolution!

  With Balkan Resistance movement!