Despite the fact that Novi Sad Serbia (and nearby Kula) has the reputation of being a cosmopolitan city inhabited by over 20 nations, this town has become in the past fifteen years a sort of the center for skinheads , Neo-Nazis and similar groups of hooligans and troublemakers such as the leader of the neo-Nazi organization Nacionalni Stroj, Goran Davidovic, click images above for VIDEO.
Several neo-Nazi groups are based in the Kula & Novi Sad area of Serbia where Miladin Kovacevic is from. In 2006, Miladin Kovacevic's lawyer Veselin Cerovic had defended Predrag Milovanovic, an anti-Semitic youth who brutally attacked Israeli tourist Jariv Avram and his Serb girlfriend at a rock concert in Belgrade.
Kula (Кула see map above, North of Novi Sad) is a town and municipality in the West Bačka District of Vojvodina, Serbia. The town Kula has a population of 19,293, while the Kula municipality has a population of 48,306. Kula is about halfway between Novi Sad and Subotica.
Miladin Kovacevic's is believed to be hiding in Serbia, a Serbian newspaper reported Wednesday, 6/25/08, that Kovacevic had been spotted in the northern city of Novi Sad and in his nearby hometown of Kula.
Miladin Kovacevic (photo) is a Serb from Kula, his two pals, Edi Dzubur, 24, and Sanel Softic, 21, are Bosnian's. A Broome County grand jury, in Binghamton NY, upgraded the charges against Softic and Dzubur to one felony count of first-degree assault and one felony count of gang assault.
The charges carry the same penalties as attempted murder, a minimum of five years in state prison. This whole gang beat down of Jewish college student Bryan Steinhauer and fleeing the USA has Hate Crime written all over it !
The American ambassador to Serbia said Wednesday ,7/16/08, brutally beaten college student, Bryan Steinhauer, was in grim shape and implored the Serbian government to hand over the hulking fugitive charged in the case. Bryan Steinhauer of Brooklyn "weighs less than 99 pounds and is unable to eat" or speak, Ambassador Cameron Munter said in a stinging statement. "He remains in a coma after 2-1/2 months." Munter was countering recent reports in the Serbian media that suggested Steinhauer, 22, was in good condition after he was pummeled on May 4 at a Binghamton University bar, allegedly by Miladin Kovacevic. "This was not an ordinary bar fight," the ambassador said. "As he lay on the floor, Steinhauer was repeatedly kicked in the face and head, to the point where he had multiple fractures on both sides of his face and his skull."See INTERPOL international wanted poster for Miladin Kovacevic, click here.
The Jewish community in Serbia and Montenegro has some 3,000 members out of a total population of 7 million. Most Jews live in Belgrade, the capital, and the rest are dispersed among Novi Sad, Zemun, Kula, Subotica and a few smaller cities. The roof organization is the Federation of Jewish Communities of Serbia and Montenegro (FJCSM), located in Belgrade. The Jewish Museum in Belgrade operates a database on the Holocaust and collects testimonies from survivors.
In February 2005 a list of Jews living in Serbia, including their home and office phone numbers and addresses appeared on the white supremacist Stormfront site, Serbian section. Although it was eventually removed, the site continues to regularly explain the damage Jewish people do to the world in general and particularly to Serbia.
An anti-fascist meeting at the University of Novi Sad was interrupted by a group of youths who resembled skinheads. Introducing themselves as the "National Formation" aka Nacionalni stroj , they saluted in the Nazi fashion and harassed and insulted the speakers and audience, They were apprehended and arrested a few days later. Literature found by the police on members of the group indicated the neo-Nazi orientation of the group.
A Vojvodina (Region) non-government group wants local authorities to “apply the law” and prohibit concerts by neo-Nazi bands. The Građanska Vojvodina NGO says that a Hungarian neo-Nazi band was due to hold a concert in Subotica (Just North of Kula), and a rally has also been scheduled where Laszlo Toroczkai, the informal head of the "Youth Movement of 64 Counties", will give a speech. Toroczkai’s group is treated as an extremist group by Hungarian authorities.
Four human rights defenders were injured during a march against fascism in Novi Sad, Serbia. The protesters were attacked with stones by neo-Nazis. The Swedish Helsinki Committee strongly condemns the attack and urges the Serbian authorities to react.
Pavel Domonji, Head of the Novi Sad Office of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, was injured along with three others during a march against fascism in Novi Sad, Serbia on October 7, 2007. The protesters were attacked by members of the neo-Nazi group “Nacionalni stroj”, who were hiding in the courtyard of the Army House and from there attacked people with stones. The Swedish Helsinki Committee strongly condemns the attack and urges the authorities of Serbia to investigate, to bring the perpetrators before justice, and to undertake serious measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.- The problem is that these neo-Nazi organisations were identified by the Serbian police in 2005. But there was no action against them until they attempted to organise a march to celebrate the birthday of Himmler, presented as a march against separatism and for the unity of Serbia.
BELGRADE (EJP)--- Two Israelis were severely beaten by a pair of Serbian neo-Nazi skinheads at a concert in Belgrade at the weekend, in an attack described as “anti-Jewish and racist” by the local Jewish community. Yariv Avram, 27, suffered head injuries while his friend Bojana Petkovic, 23, was left bruised after they were hit repeatedly in the face by the assailants who have now been detained by the city’s police. The Israelis told the media that the attackers, who have now been identified by Avram and Petkovic, were wearing Nazi t-shirts and singing Nazi songs. According to Belgrade radio station B92 one of the two assailants, an American citizen of Serbia, handed himself in to the authorities after claiming responsibility for the assault, but claimed the incident was blown out of proportion as he “did not beat, but hit” Avram. “They surrounded us chanting ‘Auschwitz’ at me,” Avram said. “They yelled at me that I am a bloody Jew and asked me whether I knew what my country did to theirs. They shouted: go to Germany. Former deputy prime minister Zarko Korac said this week that the problem of anti-Semitism in Serbia has been forced underground as Serbs refuse to accept its existence.