Mostovi razdvajaju ljude

Na upravo završenoj evropskoj turneji, na kojoj su nam društvo pravili naši (stari) drugari sa (novim) bendom Rules (obavezno bacite uho na ovaj bend!), posetili smo neke nove gradove, u kojima do sada nismo bili. Tako je naš Pank cirkus stigao i do gradića Kehl (Kel ili Kil, nikako da skontam kako se zapravo čita), koji se nalazi na samoj granici između Nemačke i Francuske. Osim što smo u njemu bili u prilici da sviramo u crkvi, verovali ili ne, mene je fasciniralo nešto drugo. Naime, Kehl je sa susednim Strazburom, a samim tim i francuskom obalom reke Rajne, spojen mostovima. Ima ih nekoliko, železnički, putnički i pešački, i svaki od njih ima svoju, jako interesantnu istoriju. Tako je, na primer, železnički most, podignut u maju 1861. godine, da bi u nekoliko navrata bio rušen i obnavljan, a konačno tokom Drugog svetskog rata i potpuno uništen. Nekoliko decenija kasnije, tačnije 1956. godine, most će biti obnovljen. Međutim, jedan drugi most me je više zaintrigirao. Radi se o pešačkom mostu Mimram, ili Pasareli dve reke (Passerelle des Deux Rives), koji kao da povezuje dva dela istog grada, odvojenih rekom, a ne zapravo dve države. Osim što impozantno izgleda, most je vrlo koristan jer možete preći iz jednog grada (ili zemlje) u drugi za pola sata, a ukoliko vozite bicikle onda se to meri u minutima. Stvarno je neverovatan osećaj biti u prilici da se bez pasoša, carine, i drugih kontrola, prelazi neprijateljska teritorija.

Zašto kažem “neprijateljska”? Istorija francusko-nemačkih odnosa nije tako bajna i sjajna kao što se nama, savremenica modernih EU odnosa, čini. Bilo je tu ratova, mržnje, sukoba, proterivanja stanovnika, nasilja, zločina i svih drugih nipodoština da im treba elaborat na desetinama strana, a ne kratka priča, poput ove. Zato ću se zadržati na poslednjem ozbiljnom sukobu, koji se dogodio tokom Drugog svetskog rata. Zahvaljujući svom nezgodnom geografskom položaju, Kehl je dobrano postradao, a stanovništvo je moralo da se iseljava u više navrata. Tako je nakon rata ovaj gradić postao deo Strazbura, a stanovništvo nemačkog porekla je moralo da se iseli. Ovakva situacija je potrajala do 1953. godine kada je Kehl postao deo Zapadne Nemačke, a izbeglice su se vratile. Iz ove kratke istorijske crtice možete donekle da vidite da je bilo vrlo turbulentno na ovim prostorima. Pomislili biste da su zbog tog istorijskog prtljaga odnosi ove dve zemlje u konstantnom trvenju. Ali naprotiv, strasti su se smirile već sredinom ’50-ih godina prošlog, tako da je situacija toliko relaksirana da možete biciklom da skoknete do Strazbura i pojedete sladoled, a da vas niko i ne pogleda (a kamoli nedajbože prebije).
Kada sam nešto poviše rekao da sam bio fasciniran imao sam na pameti prostor na kojem živimo, nekoliko hiljada kilometara udaljenom od Kehla, na kojem delimo dobro i zlo, a ponajviše izgleda zlo. U momentu kada sam zakoračio na pasarelu, pali su mi na pamet mostovi na prostoru bivše Jugoslavije, koji po svemu sudeći, više razdvajaju nego što spajaju ljude. Svakako da je prva asocijacija čuveni most u Mostaru, na reci Neretvi. Prelepi stari most je sagrađen sredinom 16. veka i predstavljao je biser osmanske arhitekture, pa je kao takav stigao i do UNESCO-ve liste svetske baštine. Inicijator izgradnje mosta bio je sultan Sulejman Veličanstveni, a glavni neimar Mimar Hajrudin i u nakon što je izgrađen bio je najveća lučna konstrukcija na svetu. Nekoliko vekova je povezivao dve strane preko moćne Neretve, vremenom je postao i glavni simbol ovog, nekada, multikulturalnog grada. Međutim, za vreme najbesmislenijeg rata u modernoj istoriji, desio se verovatno i najbesmisleniji trenutak – rušenje starog mosta. Hrvatska i muslimanska strana već decenijama optužuju jedni druge da su srušili most, ali to je već uobičajena jalova rasprava koja se neprestano vodi na ovim prostorima. Suština je da je most srušen, a zatim, na sreću, obnovljen. I taman kad bi se pomislilo da je ponovnim spajanjem dve strane došlo do spajanja i ljudi koji tamo žive, u skladu sa besmislom koji ovde vlada, to se nije dogodilo. Čak naprotiv, podeljenost između onih koji bi trebalo da ga svakodnevno koriste je veća nego ikada. Neki od stanovnika Mostara već decenijama nisu prešli na suprotnu stranu, tako da most kao sredstvo komunikacije potpuno gubi svoj značaj. Sličnu, tužnu i nesrećnu, sudbinu ima i most na Ibru, u (Kosovskoj) Mitrovici. Prvo je godinama nakon NATO bombardovanja bio u blokadi, a neretko je bio i poprište žestokih sukoba Srba i Albanaca, a konačno je “otvoren” za civile i svakodnevni život. Nesumnjivo je da je deblokada mosta deo političkih igrarija u tzv. Briselskom sporazumu, ali situacija na terenu je nešto posve drugo. Most se stidljivo prelazi, pazi se na svaku reč, dok neki jednostavno ne žele ni da čuju da pređu na suprotnu stranu.
Imajući u vidu da je Francuzima i Nemcima trebalo svega desetak godina za (potpuno) izmirenje, ne mogu da se ne pitam koliko će našim plemenima biti potrebno – deset svakako neće jer je taj rok probijen. I da li će izmirenje biti delo nas samih, ili će biti diktirano sa strane, jer divljaci, kakvi jesmo, ne mogu da se dogovore. Do tada će mostovi, kao u pesmi Bore Drljače, da razdvajaju ljude, podjednako zaljubljene i na krv i nož zavađene.

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euro tour 2017

15/07/2017 – cro – zupanja
16/07/2017 – cro – karlovac
17/07/2017 – svk – bratislava
18/07/2017 – swi – biel/bienne
19/07/2017 – swi – vevey
20/07/2017 – ger – kehl
21/07/2017 – bel – namur
22/07/2017 – ger – recklinghausen
25/07/2017 – pol – torun
26/07/2017 – ger – dresden
27/07/2017 – cze – prague
28/07/2017 – ger – nuremberg

08/08/2016 – swi – geneva @ zona mutante
10/08/2016 – fra – mazerier @ l’okara
11/08/2016 – esp – errenteria @ oreretako gaztetxean
12/08/2016 – esp – palencia @ la cueva
13/08/2016 – esp – valladolid @ la casa
15/08/2016 – esp – xativa @ placa sant jaume
16/08/2016 – esp – barcelona @ csa la rampa
18/08/2016 – fra – marseille @ la salle gueule
19/08/2016 – ita – carbonile @ summer party open air festival
20/08/2016 – cro – duga resa @ ex-mulj

open letter <3

dear (potential) friends!

we try to play as much shows as it’s possible but we need support from all of you who want to lend us a hand and be a good host to some crazy guys from the balkans. if you can help us or you know someone who can help feel free to spread the word. just to be clear: we do not support any racist, fascist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, speciesist, ableist or other discriminatory positions.

thanx!

the truth diy flying circus

brothers again…

When civil war broke out in Yugoslavia, first in Slovenia (1991), Croatia (1991) and Bosnia & Herzegovina (1992) I was primary grade pupil. I didn’t understand what’s wrong and why Yugoslavia started to burn in war flames. My memories about civil war in Yugoslavia are related to my first neighbor. He was young man in early twenties. He served military service in Zadar, Croatia. News footage showed demonstrations in Zadar and attacks on JNA soldiers. His mother was so upset and she wanted to get any information about her son. She didn’t have a phone so she used ours. We were the only contact with the world for her. Luckily a neighbor was alive and well and managed to come home. But many people weren’t so lucky. The images from the battlefield became very common on television. We started to hear stories about crimes of “bloodthirsty Ustasha” or “drugged Muslims” against Serbian innocent civilians. Media under control of regime repeated hate words like mantra, hundred of times during one day. We were day after day under heavy propaganda assault while Yugoslavia fell down in economic, political and moral collapse. During “chaos war time” kids like me became Chetniks, the true Serbian heroes, patriots who will defend Serbia from a small town in central Serbia, few hundred kilometers from the frontline. Chetnik songs were popular. Ideology of Chetnik movement spread easy between kids also. We – the kids draw graffiti with 4 s (main symbol of Chetnik movement), we hated Croats / Muslims, Ustashe / Balije, never mind the fact that we never saw or met anyone from the other side of conflict. The only big deal was to hate. We – the kids from primary school were full of hate. My memories about Croatia were actually very positive. In fact my family just like thousands of other families from Yugoslavia spent a few days on the Croatian seaside. We visited one of the most beautiful cities on the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik. It was during late ’80s (1988/89) and there was no national tension between Serbs and Croats or maybe I was too young to notice them. Nevertheless, few days in Dubrovnik still remind me on happiness and joy. The war in Yugoslavia ended with the Dayton Agreement (1995), but relations between Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Croatia weren’t good. The echoes of the war were still present, the wounds were fresh. During adolescence under atmosphere full of hate and accusations between nations I discovered local punk heroes Hocu? Necu!. They had a song dedicated to the war in Yugoslavia called “Anti-war song / Stop the war”. Report from the battlefield full of hate speech opened song with a strong anti-war idea. That intro was true example of propaganda which was served to us during war. Lyrics with full of peace attitude was a real revelation for me. I was definitely infected with diy punk ideology and I started to follow development of diy punk scene in states which were part of Yugoslavia (Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina). One band changed my life for sure. It was old school hardcore/punk band Razlog Za from Kutina, Croatia. I wrote letters to people from newborn states which rose from the ashes of civil war in Yugoslavia. We wrote letters to each other, reading and doing fanzines, gathering and share information. In early 2000s I got fanzine “No All” from Croatia. I sent letter to the editor (Gajo) with my comments about his fanzine. It wasn’t so usual for that time, but soon I got fast replay. We became good (virtual) friends and often wrote letters to each other. I met Gajo for the first time in Belgrade, Serbia where Gajo toured with his band Lasting Values. Since that moment we became friends for life. In the moment when I was desperate and I need drummer for my band, Gajo accepted proposal to play with us, never mind the borders and far distances. After all bullshits caused by civil war in Yugoslavia, guns, tanks, burned villages, killed innocent civilians, war crimes, stolen houses, politicians filled with greed, nationalism and hate, Gajo and I became friends. So this song “Brothers again” is dedicated primarily to Gajo, my brother from Croatia, but also to all those wonderful people who we met over the years in ex-Yugoslavia region. A lot of people wrote about the war in the former Yugoslavia. However, there is still no consensus on the most important issues. Thousands of dead, displaced, raped, burned… We still try to find all the answers about civil war in Yugoslavia. Never mind the quest for answers, there is still thousands of people with completely destroyed past, present and future.

Vojkan

the truth / peoplefox euro tour 2014

30/06/2014 – cro – zagreb @ reci:klaonica
02/07/2014 – cze – otrokovice @ garage
03/07/2014 – cze – prague @ cafe na pul cesty
04/07/2014 – pol – poznan @ rozbrat
05/07/2014 – ger – berlin @ kastanienkeller
06/07/2014 – ger – hannover @ stumpf
07/07/2014 – ned – nijmegen @ de onderbroek
08/07/2014 – bel – ghent @ ‘t landhuis
09/07/2014 – ger – mainz @ haus mainusch
10/07/2014 – swi – geneva @ zona mutante
11/07/2014 – ita – bologna @ circolo iqbal masih
12/07/2014 – cro – rijeka @ podrum

the truth euro tour 2013

22/08/2013 – cro – zagreb @ rehearsal room
23/08/2013 – cze – holesov @ wats music club
24/08/2013 – cze – prague @ cafe na pul cesty
25/08/2013 – ger – hannover @ university park
26/08/2013 – ger – bad kreuznach @ ajk
27/08/2013 – ger – wetzlar @ irish inn
28/08/2013 – net – nijmegen @ de onderbroek
29/08/2013 – net – amsterdam @ occii
30/08/2013 – bel – mons @ le phoenix
31/08/2013 – fra – paris @ le transfo
01/09/2013 – fra – dijon @ espace autogere des tanneries
03/09/2013 – swi – geneva @ la makhno
05/09/2013 – ita – bologna @ circolo iqbal masih
06/09/2013 – ita – trento @ skatepark