Listen to BarBalkans podcast: March ’91. Bloody spring
The secession of the Serbian Autonomous Oblast of Krajina has just begun and the situation in Western Slavonia, in the town of Pakrac, is explosive. Ethnic hatred is inflaming the Croatian territories inhabited by Serbian minorities and spreading throughout Yugoslavia. While Belgrade citizens are showing signs of impatience against the Serbian president Slobodan Milošević, the nationalist leaders of Serbia and Croatia are making a deal under the table to split up the lands of the dying Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The outcome will be dramatic, anyway. Because meanwhile the nationalist rhetoric makes all Serbs “Chetniks” (the ultra-conservative violent militia) and all Croats “Ustasha” (the nostalgic fascists).