THE TEXT “Young grain and weed”, in my opinion, did provoke the anger of the students, and even more of the professors and assistants who stood at the head of the student revolt.
What was written in “Borba’s” comment?
For example, this: “Like a feudal state, the university has so far stayed away from the general self-governing currents in our country. And that, above all, through the fault of the university itself … It turned out that in this self-governing society of ours a layer of citizens raised a fuss and exerted public pressure in the expectation that the ‘authorities’ would immediately meet them … to dispose of the income of working people on their own and to share it under the atmosphere of street pressure. “
Or: “The essential question cannot be avoided: will everything be resolved on the line of further improvement of the self-governing system and democratization of society or, perhaps, on the line of reviving the past, whether petty-bourgeois-liberal (as requested by some pseudo-philosophical, Djilas and similar slogans) , either by bureaucratic-statist methods … “
The EPILOGUE of everything, however, is in what Broz said at the end of the week. Four years later, in 1972, Broz gave far harsher assessments to Serbia’s political activists:
“I have been saying for years that at Belgrade, as well as at Zagreb and some other universities, there are professors who educate our youth, who, if this continues, will be absolutely alien to our socialist system and development tomorrow. And I said that we must have such professors. call for accountability and prevent them from teaching at universities, I have not achieved anything to date. “
So, four years later, Broz returned to student events. He was also bothered by the writing of foreign media, according to which, as he put it, “Nikezic leads a progressive current, and I am a conservative, almost a Stalinist.”
Time has shown that “our freedom” at the protests against Broz was a false triumph of the liberation of the media.
And here is my comment in “Večernji novosti”, published on June 8, 1968:
“Emotionally assessing what has been happening in Belgrade and other universities in the country in recent days, overshadowed by a series of unusual circumstances, many think that Belgrade students, with the movements and support of their colleagues from other cities, were the center around which our entire political In fact, a young generation found themselves in the lobby.
Demonstrations were and are not. The words remained (perhaps with too hot an atmosphere to realistically carry out ideological confrontations), the external features of the revolt disappeared from the city streets. Of course, the policemen with helmets, who were standing in front of the faculty buildings, did not push the students away from social events; the students themselves set up both a barrier and bridges between themselves and other members of society.
However, this is of little importance given that student demands and their ideas flow unhindered between faculty amphitheaters and the rest of society. And it is good that it is so. Without that, any dialogue would be disabled: wanting to influence society and change it, while isolating itself from it, students would find themselves in an absurd position.
Although only later analyzes will give a true assessment of what has been happening in recent days, it should not be avoided that it is already said that the students made a significant move, which, only under certain conditions, gained its true progressive character.
The TRUTH should be looked into the eyes without fear. Many are convinced that the complicated and slowed down social mechanism has accelerated its pace in the face of the danger of spreading student unrest.
However, the spirit of young people is characterized by restlessness, explosiveness and aggression in demands, but the society is also determined in advance to unreservedly accept only what is in its interest.
The students, therefore, woke up, but did not change the mood of the administration, no matter how much it seemed to someone that legal texts were written overnight under their dictation. It would be dangerous to be deceived by such an illusion, because no administration, equipped with even the most perfect electronic brains, is ever fast enough.
… WHEN everything calms down, and when the turbulent enthusiasm replaces the settled reality, students will fully understand that they still have the painfully gained political experience that in a self-governing society like ours, vital economic and ideological problems are not solved on the streets .. ..
After all, the day after the incident with the militia, when they entered the buildings of their faculties and started a political dialogue and confrontation of opinions, the students began to realize that they could not formulate their program principles outside the already existing program orientations of the League of Communists and our socialist society.
It seems to us that in these few days and nights, the students themselves realized that demonstrations and attacks on self-governing decisions through pressure actually mean restricting students in those rights that society has already fought for.
Therefore, they are about to find out that they are still in the lobby of political life and that, as long as they do not start fighting for their interests and their rights through legal and usual self-governing mechanisms, they cannot achieve anything other than isolation.
“It bothered me that over time, the whole story of 1968 at Belgrade University took on a different dimension, and was portrayed as the beginning of a struggle for an anti-communist society, which was not true. I wanted to voice my opposition to the abuse of the past If that revolt was against communism but for a different kind of communism, why not say so then? In communism many things are bad, but they could have been made better. As we have the case of China which miraculously managed to survive as the largest capitalist and largest communist power in the world. “
This was written on June 21, 2015 by writer David Albahari!
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