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Among the many news items about the “democratic” uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and elsewhere in the Arab world are a few about the Serbian revolution-consulting group “Otpor,” which came about to overthrow Milosevic. (As we know, it was actually externally fueled, funded and tutored, by Western governments, individuals, and NGOs.)

Anyone with even the shallowest sense of history, however, will note the perversity that young Serbs should be advising not just Muslim (a.k.a. Serb-slaying and -colonizing) activists, but ones that go by the name “April 6″:


Some of the members of the April 6 Youth Movement, which spearheaded the Egyptian revolution, were trained by members of Otpor!, a Serbian-based group that was responsible for the fall of the Milosevic regime in 2000.

The revolution that came from Serbia by Tomas Lundin

The organisation dubbed by some commentators as “Revolution Ltd” has trained activists and non-violent resistants who have struggled to overthrow most of the world’s dictatorial regimes. Its methods have served as “weapons” almost everywhere: from the Rose Revolution in Georgia [2003] to the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan [2005], and more recently in the revolt that has swept across the Arab world.

“Yes, it’s true. We did train members of the April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt,” remarks Srdja Popovic, who now runs the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, whose senior members are veterans of the Otpor! civil resistance movement.

However, Srdja Popovic has no intention of hogging the limelight and appears exasperated when we ask him if Otpor! is an exporter of revolutions. “We do not descend on countries with revolution in a suitcase. It is their revolution and the foreign consultants should not take credit for it. These people risked their lives for freedom, and their victory is 100% of their own making. No question about it!”

Srdja Popovic is long-standing authority on civil disobedience and non-violent resistance. In 1998, when he was a 25-year old biology student, he and a dozen of his friends founded Otpor!. At the time, Milosevic had been in power for almost ten years and was preparing to wage war Kosovo.

In a student canteen in Belgrade University, they devised a plan for a new resistance movement, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and the campaign against apartheid, with a fresh and trendy image that even succeeded in attracting their apolitical peers.

Highly imaginative initiatives, which brought them increasing attention in the media, became their signature. As always the emphasis was on non-violence: they challenged and ridiculed the regime, but confronted soldiers and police carrying flowers. Otpor! had understood that Milosevic would fall when he could no longer rely on the unquestioning support of the police and the army.

“They were the methods and the message that we are now teaching to activists in other countries,” explains Srdja Popovic. “In our courses, we ask them to identify the pillars of the regime. Then we tell them: ‘Do not attack them, because that will only lead to violence. Try to win them over to your side’”.

From the start of the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, members of the April 6 Youth Movement brandishing the Otpor! symbol of a clenched white fist on a black background were a visible presence in Tahrir Square and the streets of Cairo. In an interview with Al-Jazeera, one of their number, 22-year-old blogger Mohammed Adel explained: “I was in Serbia where I learned about the organisation of non-violent demonstrations and the best methods to counter security service brutality.”

When he returned to Egypt at the end of 2009, he brought with him a guide to subversive activities, which he distributed to other members of the April 6 and Kefaya movements. A little more than a year later, this document was put to good use. […]

Another report:

Serbian ousters of Milosevic make mark in Egypt (AP, Feb. 22)

It was carried through the streets of Cairo during the revolution that ousted president Hosni Mubarak: a black flag emblazoned with a clenched white fist.

The symbol of resistance originated in the most unlikely of places for an Arab uprising - the Serbian pro-democracy movement that overthrew dictator Slobodan Milosevic.

The peaceful sometimes fun-loving tactics of the Balkan student revolutionaries were so successful that they opened up shop mentoring other protest movements in eastern Europe, plotting strategy for successful uprisings in Georgia and Ukraine.

Now, they’re becoming a force in the Middle East. [That is, in all the countries that sent mujahedeen to slaughter Serbs throughout the 90s.]

The Serbian movement Otpor evolved into Canvas - a kind of consultancy for would-be revolutionaries. In 2009, in Belgrade, Canvas gave Egyptian youth group April 6 lessons in peaceful protest…

“It makes us Serbs proud that they were inspired by what we have done but it is actually their own thing,” said Srdja Popovic, a former Otpor leader who now runs Canvas, which stands for Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies. [Note: They’re not just inspired by what Popovic’s crowd has done; they’re fortified by it for future use against the infidel world including Serbs.]

“The young people of the Arab world have awakened and understood that they are powerful and that is what is happening now.” [Idiot.]

Popovic spoke in his office in a drab communist-style neighborhood of Belgrade where youth activists from around the world take five-day workshops on how to topple their autocrats.

On a wall-mounted drawing board are diagrams with arrows describing peaceful tactics by demonstrators that feature in lectures by the Serb instructors, all former members of Otpor, which means resistance in Serbian.

April 6 displayed the clenched fist symbol in its Cairo headquarters and waved it at rallies, until the opposition decided to use only the Egyptian flag as a symbol of unity.

Canvas teachings are available in a documentary, “Bringing Down a Dictator,” featuring Otpor strategies to topple Milosevic and its manual “Nonviolent Struggle, 50 Crucial Points” which was translated in 16 languages, including Farsi and Arabic, and downloaded 17,000 times from Iran during that country’s 2009 protests. [At least there’s that.]

“We don’t tell them what to do, but give them tools on how it can be done,” Popovic said. “When they come to us, the first rule we tell them is never use violence. The second is never use foreigners to lead your uprisings.”

…Popovic says Middle Eastern nations are young societies - and that bodes well for successful revolution. In Egypt, the average age is 24… [I believe that age group fits a certain “profile” — and that’s what Popovic is loosening; in fact, that’s also the average age in Kosovo.]

Popovic praised Egypt’s 19-day protests as “impressive.” He said the demonstrations were well-planned, that the leaders managed to maintain political and religious unity [imagine that!] and remained peaceful, despite repeated attempts by Mubarak’s regime to create bloodshed…”Once the fear disperses, enthusiasm rises. Everything is possible.”

Indeed.

Helping an Egyptian group called April 6. While that date may have a significance in an Egyptian context, the pathetic irony of it is that it happens to be the date that Adolf Hitler launched his blitz against Yugoslavia as the only European nation that required bombing before occupation, thanks to the suicidal Serbian resistance to the Nazis:

“As soon as sufficient forces are available and the weather allows, the ground installations of the Yugoslav Air Force and the City of Belgrade will be destroyed from the air by continual day and night bombardment. When that is completed we will subdue Yugoslavia.” –Adolf Hitler, 1941

These stupid young Serbs are helping empower the same Islamic element (does “democracy” in the Middle East lead anywhere else?), which helped get Serbian eyes gouged out in Bosnia, and Serbian kidneys extracted in Kosovo. They helped the West topple the Milosevic government for finally cracking down on Albanian violence in Kosovo and for helping root out Islamist elements in Bosnia, where Hitler’s Handzar division had been reconstituted by these elements and a “hip” Muslim youth magazine cover depicted a Handzar stepping on the severed heads of Serbian leaders. Thus inspired has been the Muslim youth that these Serbs have helped in the long run while also helping the West swarm Serbia’s shores with jihadists. Not only have they infested their region with a heightened and more fervent Islamic presence, they are empowering the similarly-susceptible hordes elsewhere, who cheered Serbia’s destruction in the name of Muslim solidarity.

Needless to say, as the young Serbs have accomplished against themselves, so are they accomplishing against Israel ultimately by empowering Muslims in the Middle East; after all, keep in mind that the Egyptian public resented its governments for signing and holding to a peace treaty with Israel.

So that which the Otpor crowd enabled in their own backyard, they are enabling in the Middle East, since the void is filled by shariacrats. Young socialist-prones are always on autopilot, always against “the power” regardless of its nature, and always for “the people” regardless of the nature of the people. These are the useful young idiots who shouldn’t be driving the political landscape. Next they’ll be hired by Albanian young people in Kosovo trying to oust their corrupt leadership — which Otpor helped the Albanians’ Western sponsors entrench. Before long, Otpor will enable the more popular and, if you can imagine, more radical movement Self-determination to take over Kosovo and expedite the seizure of Presevo Valley and Sandjak to form the Greater Albania that Milosevic and numerous Albanian Yugoslavs had warned about.

It’s a demented reality to see Muslims going to the otherwise reviled Serbs, who are serving a similar purpose to the reviled but useful Jew (e.g. when Jews’ enemies need to know how something is done — maintaining greenhouses, anti-terror policing, scientific or medical stuff etc)

Little surprise, meanwhile, that Albanians support U.S. actions in Libya now, which will facilitate the radicals to take over, and Islamization:

Kosovo Remembers 1999 Air Strikes (March 24)

On March 24th, Kosovo will mark the twelfth anniversary of the 1999 NATO air strikes against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic. This year, however, the occasion has new significance.

Just days ago, the EU and NATO launched attacks against Muammar Gaddafi’s air defence systems in an effort to protect civilians in Libya. Many in Kosovo were reminded of the 1999 events.

“Waiting in the house basement for long periods of time is something which still today I cannot describe,” recalls Rafet Beqiri, 59.

He describes how Serbian police came to expel his family from his house in Pristina during the night of March 24th.

“The Serbian police said, ‘Do you see NATO? They are coming, but when they come, you will not be here’,” he recalled. [Notice how his family are here today to tell of the encounter; had the tables been turned — as they later were — the Serbian family would not have lived to tell about it.]

During their first night of exile, he and his family left Pristina with many others, walking to the station to catch the first train to the border with Macedonia.

Nezir Berisha, 73, is a former Yugoslav diplomat — one of the few Kosovo Albanians who worked for the former communist country’s Foreign Service. He was posted in Tripoli for three years.

“I’m happy that the international community is acting faster in Libya than in Kosovo. The people need help there, as we needed it in 1999,” says Berisha. “We in Kosovo understand such actions, and more, we understand what the Libyans are facing.”

International affairs usually do not get front page coverage in Kosovo media, but Libya has made headlines on all main TV stations and in newspapers for days.

“Kosovo understands the importance of such interventions from 1999, and supports the efforts of the Libyan people for freedom and democracy, in becoming an important country of the Arab world,” Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said.

A credible source, given all the freedom and democracy he’s instituted in Kosovo, where media are facing censorship and threats which they are apparently unused to even when under Yugoslavian rule.

****UPDATE****
I got the following note from Nebojsa Malic after the above blog ran:

Julia,

I liked the piece about “Otpor” (Canvas, whatever), but there’s one thing that it sorta missed.

These ain’t Serbs. Well, they are SINO - Serbs In Name Only.

Back in the late 1990s, there was a bona fide student movement campaigning for democracy and against what they saw as a corrupt tyranny under Milosevic. Then, just prior to the 1999 NATO attack, this Popovic guy and a gaggle of newcomers join up, and take over the organization, which soon starts taking marching orders straight from the U.S. embassy. [Related — my link] They don’t even bother denying the claims that they were a tool of the CIA and the NED [National Endowment for Democracy]. Otpor eventually merged with the (now ruling) Democratic Party (DS), which runs Serbia as basically a puppet state of Washington and Brussels. The DS core is made up of old Communist commissars (such as Dragoljub Micunovic, who in his youth once famously rode an Orthodox priest, to show the proper place of religion in the Brave New World of socialism). Their partners in the government are the somewhat newer Communist commissars (Milosevic’s Socialists, who ousted the old guard in 1988, but repented in 2008 — after Milosevic died — and decided to become “democratic”). And then there is the “Liberal Democrats” (LDP), whose ideological guru is the ancient 1974s Communist culture commissar, a woman who got sacked by Tito for being on the lunatic fringe. They don’t poll above single digits, but their sole function is to steer the DS to the lunatic left. (More on them here.)

What all these parties (and Otpor) have in common is that they hate and fear everything that even slightly whiffs of Serbian identity, tradition, culture or faith. They see it as “primitive, backwards, uncivilized, retrograde, etc.” and seek to “change the code” of the Serbian people, so they become something else. Back in Stalin’s days, that was called the New Soviet Man; now it’s the New European, or whatnot. Same difference.

In essence, Serbia is ruled by a quisling, Communist Revival government, aided by the U.S.-funded “NGOs” like Otpor, the Helsinki Committee (led by [Croat] Sonja Biserko, who advocated military occupation of Serbia in 1999), Humanitarian Law Fund (purveyors of atrocity porn, whose head, Natasa Kandic, was a guest of honor at the “Kosovian” independence declaration).

Yet further testament that, for all the excuses for ensuring Yugoslavia’s violent disintegration (”Well, they were communists…”), it’s communists that we love, and are helping to cover the globe with. This is, after all, a Sorosian project we’re pursuing. Regarding the political scene in Serbia, one can only say: Imagine America being ruled by self-hating latte liberals. (Oh wait!) Nebojsa closes:

Another thing to consider is that the [recent] activity of these [Otpor] “Serbs” was pretty prominently reported in the mainstream media. That sends several messages out there: 1. the only good Serb is a self-hating, pro-Imperial mercenary Serb; and 2. Look, Muslims of the world, it wasn’t us, it was the SERBS who should be blamed for your revolutions (if anything goes wrong and you end up with, say, pro-American quisling regimes that you don’t like). From the Empire’s standpoint, it’s a win-win.

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It’s as if this very confused Arabic writer inverted my blog above. His criticism in the first half below is consistent with mine above, but then he devolves into ignorant confusion.

Why Serbia in particular? (By Mohssen Arishie, The Egyptian Gazette, July 31)

CAIRO – Members of the April 6th Movement have confessed to receiving training in Serbia and this should raise many questions. This Serbian tour opened divisions in the movement and led several of its pioneers to break away in October 2010.

In its 69th statement, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces bluntly accused the political movement of trying to drive a wedge between ordinary Egyptian citizens and the Army.

The SCAF’s statement also accused the movement of receiving money from overseas and training there.

They chanted slogans, which insulted the Egyptian Army and cast doubts on its post-Mubarak loyalties…There have been allegations that the movement’s members received ‘military’ training, to help them overpower riot police during the mass demonstrations.

Partially confessing to these accusations, the movement’s spokesman, Mohamed Adel, said that he had travelled to Serbia and received training in ‘non-violence’, the manipulation of the masses and how to mobilise and control them.

The instructors in the Serbia-based training camps did a good job. The movement’s spokesman proudly attributed their success in leading the mass demonstrations that ousted Mubarak to the instructions and advice they received in Serbia.

…The movement’s spokesman strongly denied that they were traitors or agents paid to cause instability in their country.

One of the movement’s secessionists said that he had declined the invitation to travel to Serbia for training there.

Tareq el-Kholi, the coordinator-general of the 6th of April Movement’s Democratic Movement (a breakaway movement from the 6th April Movement), also denounced his former colleagues for allowing foreign agencies to grease their palms with US dollars and euros as a reward for their participation in the Serb-based training camp.

Serbia has a long way to go before it will be given the ticket to join the European club of democracy-exporting countries. Its hands are stained with the blood of tens of thousands of innocent Muslim women, children and young men in Serbia-controlled areas.

Serbia has desperately been trying to remove these big, indelible stains from its history by collaborating with the massive hunt for the perpetrators of this ethnic cleansing of Muslim minorities in the old Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

This horrendous genocide has been described as the most brutal since the First World War. Dozens of the Serb leaders of these large-scale massacres went into hiding to avoid the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The suspects included late Serb President Slobodan Milosevich, who died on March 11 in his prison cell in The Hague. He was charged by the International Criminal Court with Bosnian genocide when he led Bosnian Serb forces [?????] in Srebrenica from 1992 to 1995 to massacre Muslims under his army’s control.

The ethnic cleansing throughout areas controlled by the Bosnian Serb Army targeted Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats.

How can a country, whose majority are connected, religiously, to the war victims in areas that used to be controlled by Serbian Army, give lessons about the peaceful transfer of power? [Clearly, he doesn’t know about the very foundations of Otpor.]

We do not know whether Serb war veterans led the training classes for these young Egyptians. [Uh, doubtful.] The Serbians should revive at home the nightmarish memory of the young Muslim men, who travelled to Afghanistan to fight the old Soviet Army in this Muslim country.

Returning to Egypt after learning the art of war, these young people described themselves as the Mujahidin (Holy Warriors) and formed militant groups, responsible for terrorist attacks in Egypt in the 1980s and the 1990s.

The comparison here should ignite fears that, after the war of terror launched by Muslim radicals in September 2001, the world community, including Egypt, could witness a war of terror launched, this time, by Christian radicals. [He’s calling the U.S.-paid secularists of Otpor “Christian radicals.”]

The random killing of young people by an ultra-Christian extremist in Norway should substantiate these fears.