Montenegrin analyst Ljubomir Filipovic took Serbian lawyer Cedomir Stojkovic as an example of how a true Serb should be after he paid homage to the grave of seven-year-old Blerina Jashari in Prekaz.
In one of his author’s writings, Filipović said that such an action by the Serbian lawyer made him a good Serb.
Moreover, he has mentioned the fact that he took the Serbian lawyer to pay homage to Prekaz, which, according to him, elevates his action even more. Until he pointed out that the Balkan region needs the solution of inter-ethnic disputes in a civilized way, writes The Geopost.
“Ceda made this gesture because his client was detained by the Security Intelligence Agency (BIA) for the same gesture in Serbia, beaten, tortured and arrested, and in this way, the constitution and laws of Serbia were brutally trampled. For who knows how many times, the rule of law has been killed in that country”, he wrote, recalling the BIA’s torture of the Serbian opposition politician, Nikola Sandulović.
The Montenegrin journalist also mentioned Stojkovic’s harsh criticism of Russia, but he emphasized that this did not make him a Russophobe.
“Ceda came into the focus of the regional public with his harsh criticism of Russia and demands that Serbia join NATO. Ceda is not a Russophobe, he does not like the Russian government. He proved this with his selfless involvement with Russian activists, who were banned from entering Serbia”, he wrote among other things.
His full article in CdM:
That’s a Serb!
Good morning! Yesterday, something very important happened in neighboring Kosovo, when lawyer Cedomir Stojkovic laid flowers on the grave of 7-year-old Blerina Jashari and asked for forgiveness. While I was listening to Ceda speak, I thought “That’s a Serb” in the best possible sense of the word Serb.
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That’s a Serb!
None of Serbia’s neighbours wants Serbia to remain forever trapped in nationalism and imperial appetites towards all of us. No normal person wants the Serbs to be denounced as a people. I don’t think there is a normal Balkan person who doesn’t want to live in a region where everyone has a consensus on universal values, and where inter-ethnic disputes are resolved in a civilized manner. I think we all want to live in the Balkans where nobody wants anything from someone else, and where we can say “forgive us” for the indisputable crimes committed in our name.
Ceda Stojkovic has been on the Serbian opposition scene for a long time. He was part of DHSS, and its director. Ceda is a Serb, from Belgrade, originally from Valjevo. Perhaps, precisely because he is not Precanin (*a term used in the broadest sense for Serbs living outside the borders of Serbia), Ceda is doing all this. Maybe that’s why he thinks politically about Serbia in the first place, unlike the current and past political leaders, mostly coming from Bosnia or Montenegro, who use Serbia for their nostalgic and anachronistic urges to annex the homelands of their ancestors to Belgrade.
Ceda came into the focus of the regional public with his harsh criticism of Russia and demands that Serbia join NATO. Ceda is not a Russophobe, he does not like the Russian government. He proved this with his selfless involvement with Russian activists, who were banned from entering Serbia.
Ceda, to be clear, is politically and morally a man in his place.
This is not Ode to Ceda. A child is a human being. He/She may make a mistake tomorrow, he/she may have made a mistake in the past. Like all of us. But that moment in time yesterday, when Ceda, having crossed himself, bowed and laid flowers on the grave of the child of the “enemy”, deserves to be remembered.
Ceda performed with dignity – like a statesman, even though he is not a statesman. There was no humiliation in his gesture and his attitude. On the contrary, he said it so necessarily “I’m sorry” in the most dignified way possible. I thought that in some parallel universe where Zoran Djindjic survived the assassination, Ceda became prime minister. In that universe, Serbia recognized Kosovo’s independence, and we were all in the EU and NATO. Imagine that universe in which Ceda as prime minister or president of European Serbia did that. Wouldn’t that be the best of all universes?
But that is not the case. Ceda made this gesture because his client was detained by the Security Intelligence Agency (BIA) for the same gesture in Serbia, beaten, tortured and arrested, and in this way, the constitution and laws of Serbia were brutally trampled. For who knows how many times, the rule of law has been killed in that country.
Nevertheless, the Serbian institutionalized opposition does not consider Ceda as an ally. They don’t call Ceda on N1 TV or Nova TV, because he doesn’t fit their template. He criticizes Russia excessively and is excessively pro-NATO. The attitude of the opposition scene and the opposition media towards Stojkovic is an excellent answer to why the opposition in Serbia is weak. It is looking for a replacement, not a change. What they offer is ideological and worldview continuity. As an activist, not as a politician, Ceda offers a revolutionary break with the past, rejecting ballast and launching Serbia to the West. That requires courage and responsibility.
As one man said on Twitter yesterday: “There, it’s not difficult and it doesn’t hurt. And it eases the soul”.
That’s it for today and this week. We wish you a pleasant weekend. See you again on Monday.
Ljubomir Filipovic, CdM analyst and columnist
We remind you that Serbian lawyer Cedomir Stojković has published evidence of the beating of Serbian politician Nikola Sandulović by the BIA, according to which the BIA broke Sandulović’s seventh rib.
Stojkovic stated that he had a broken rib, as he added that “his health condition is such that it was impossible to transport him to Belgrade”.
While speaking for the first time since his release two days ago, Sandulović said, “I was abducted by members of the Serbian secret police who beat me, tortured, humiliated and threatened to kill me and my family six hours and endangered not only health but also life. All this because of my political statement and the act of laying flowers on the grave of a murdered seven-year-old girl who belonged to the family of the legendary KLA commander Adem Jashari.”