Who was Zoran Djindjic?
Zoran Djindjic began as an anti-communist opponent of the Tito government in old Yugoslavia. In 1974 he was jailed for trying to organise an anti-communist students' group at Belgrade University. After his release he resumed his studies in West Germany returning to Belgrade in 1989 to co- found the Democratic Party. In 1996 he formed the right-wing Zajedno (Together) bloc with some Serb nationalists and other opponents of Slobodan Milosevic's Serbian Socialist Party. Djindjic briefly held the post of Mayor of Belgrade and in 1999, during the US-led war he fled to Montenegro — safe from the bombs falling on Belgrade. He returned when the fighting ended to launch the American-backed demonstrations that eventually forced Milosevic out of office and propelled himself to power. In February 2001 he was installed as prime minister by the same western powers that had bombed Yugoslavia. The US, Germany and other western powers bankrolled his campaign to the tune of more than $US77 million dollars. It is not surprising that the same people lament him now as a great "democrat" and "reformer". His legacy Djindjic proceeded to tear apart what remained of Yugoslavia, a sovereign nation since 1918 and a founding member of the United Nations Organisation and the Non-Aligned Movement. In the past two and a half years Djindjic's gangster regime has plunged the Serbian people into the worst economic, social and political crises ever known. Djindjic is being presented in the western media as a popular leader. Serbs know better. His support dropped to only 8 per cent before his assassination . Djindic set up his own mafia gangs which were linked to US intelligence and carried out a series of political assassinations. The Defence Minister and the head of Yugoslav Airlines were among the victims. Economic reforms Zoran Djindjic swiftly proceeded with "economic reforms", that is privatisation of state assets at bargain prices to western multinationals. Former laws provided that companies could be sold only if 60 per cent of the shares were allocated to workers. Djindic changed the law and the sell- off began. Thousands of socially owned enterprises have been sold. The so-called reforms resulted in a huge jump in unemployment (over 30 per cent), soaring utility prices and a 20 per cent fall in real wages. Over two-thirds of Serbs now live below the poverty line. Regime change Yugoslavia was the first country bombed into a "regime change". Promises sounded great, the results speak for themselves. The same goes for Afghanistan and now as we write, for Iraq. Zoran Djindjic will be remembered for what he was in the history of Yugoslavia — a traitor and a Quisling. (The word Quisling comes from the name of the traitor that betrayed Norway to Hitler's Nazi occupation during WW 2.)