Brice Taton, the 28 year old French football supported attacked by football hooligans on September 17, has died from his injuries.
On behalf of the Belgrade Foreign Visitors Club I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to his friends and family.
The lynch mob that killed him are now murderers. They will face murder charges now, and almost certainly life in prison. Their lives are destroyed too. For nothing.
I hope there is an outpouring of popular outrage here in Serbia. I really want to see ordinary Serbs stand up and make their voices heard on this.
In other cities, if a tourist is killed, there are protests. Officials apologize, church services are held for the family and flowers placed at the scene of the crime.
In Copenhagen a few years ago an Italian was killed accidentally by a street gang. Half the city took to the streets in a protest at the killing.
That is what we need to see here.
Serbia cannot allow passivity to win on this. There needs to be action and open denunciation by the masses.
The people who did this are a tiny part of a much larger group of thugs and extremists causing mayhem in Serbia today. They need to be repudiated by their fellow citizens. They need to see that this sort of thuggery and violence is unacceptable in a decent society and ordinary people will not stand for it.
Today, once again, the words “Serb” and “Serbia” will synonymous with “violence”, “savagery” and “brutality” as this makes headlines across the world. What sickens me is that this is so desperately unfair. The people of this country are more welcoming, hospitable and friendly that one could hope to meet anywhere in the world. This city is one of the safest places in the world. This an abomination, an inversion of the spirit of Belgrade, it is the city’s vicious alter ego.
So let’s see it Serbia. Let us see your anger and rebellion against the thugs and extremists who murder and beat your guests on your streets. Is this the sort of thing you are going to tolerate? If the answer is NO, then please come and join the protest walk on Thursday 1st of October 5pm, From Plato to the Victor monument in Kalemegdan.