Activity report for the period September - December 2020

As we have done in the past, we are providing you with a short report on the activities of Women in Black in the reporting period.

We would like to thank you in advance, in solidarity.

Street actions: In this reporting period we organized nine (9) events,and we also actively participated in other street actions
- commemoration/marking important dates of crimes committed in our names;
- Feminist, anti-fascist, anti-war, anti-racist, anti-militaristic actions...

Commemoration / marking of important dates of crimes committed in our name, as well as other crimes against civilian population, during and after wars, in the territory of the former Yugoslavia:

Belgrade, October 5th- “We will never forget the crime in Topcider“
- on the occasion of the 16 anniversary of the crime in Topcider
– the murder of two soldiers in the military facility of the Karas barracks (October 5th, 2004), Women in Black organized two vigils in black and silence, on October 5th, 2020.
One vigil was organized at Topcider (together with families of victims) and the other in Knez Mihailova Street in Belgrade.
During vigil at Topčider, one of the passers-by said to an activist, “Fuck you motherfucker, you bitch.” Other incidents also took place during the protest in Topcider. From three diff erent cars, people hurled various insults and curses at us and the victims’ families, as well as to their lawyers. “Shame on you, you take the money”, “Fuck your mother”, “Traitors of Serbs”, “Why did you gather, what are you going to do there?”.
During the protest in Knez Mihailova, we organized stage action “Who killed the soldiers”? and following banners were displayed during the protest:

  • We shall never forget the Topcider crime
  • Solidarity
  • Responsibility
  • Who killed the soldiers Dragan Jakovljevic and Drazen Milovanovic?

This action was attended by 15 activists.

Belgrade, October 22 - „We remember the crime in Sjeverin“
– on the 28th anniversary of the crime in Sjeverin, when on October 22nd, 1992, 17 people of the Bosniak nationality were kidnapped and killed, Women in Black organized a protest in black and silence, in Knez Mihailova Street.
In addition to the names of the victims killed, the following banners were raised:

  • We remember the crime in Sjeverin (October 22, 1992-October 22, 2020)
  • Names of victims
  • October 22nd, 1992 soldiers of Serb paramilitary unit „Revengers“ kidnapped and killed in bus among Priboj-Rudo, 17 people of Bosniak nationality

The protest was attended by about fi fteen (15) activists of the WiB.

Sjeverin, October 22
- The commemoration in Sjeverin (where on October 22nd, 1992, 17 people of the Bosniak nationality were kidnapped and killed) there were fi ve (5) activists of Women in Black from Belgrade and Prijepolje, together with the families of the killed Bosniaks, paid tribute and laid fl owers in Mioče.

Belgrade, November 18 - „We will never forget the crimes in Vukovar!“
– on the occasion of the 29 anniversary of the fall of Vukovar, Women in Black organized a vigil in silence wearing black in Knez Mihailova Street in Belgrade. This action was attended by 15 activists.

The following banners were displayed at the commemoration:

  • We will never forget the crimes in Vukovar
  • Banner with a picture of the destroyed city and information about the suff ering
  • Solidarity
  • Responsibility

On that occasion, a stage action was performed: on the sidewalk it was written in salt: Vukovar (1991-2020).

One incident occurred during the protest: a man with a child in his arms poured a bottle of water over a box of salt, and then crossed his legs over the letters that were written on the sidewalk, thus scattering what was written...

Two scenes during the commemoration
– Belgrade town deny and negate...

One woman activist handed out leafl ets and had two encounters with people. One of them was with a group of high school students and the other one with two older men.
When asked if they knew what this was about, one boy answered: “A lot of our people died in Vukovar.”
The activist then asked:
“Who are our people?”, To which he replied with the approval of everyone else: “ Of course, Serbs. Croats were also killed, but we have nothing to do with them.”

Feminist, anti-fascist, anti-war, anti-racist, anti-militarist actions...

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