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<nettime> Waterpolo
Ivo Skoric on Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:32:00 +0200 (CEST)


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<nettime> Waterpolo


Croatian waterpolo team lost from Serbian waterpolo team in 
Slovenia.

Slovenian police removed Serbian fans from the room, worrying 
about the revenge. 

Then, Croatian fans (I didn't know waterpolo fans are as rowdy as 
football fans, but apparently, I was wrong), missing their targets, 
went on to attack Serbian athletes.

That's cowardly by the standards of hooliganism.

Serbian fans, actually a group of people close to certain nationalist 
leaders, then attacked and demolished the building of Croatian 
embassy in Serbia. Took down and burned Croatian flag and put up 
the Serbian one.

Serb police stood by. They claim they were afraid to intervene. 
Well, maybe they should get office jobs, instead. It is the duty of 
police to intervene in such situations.

In the beginning of the war on Iraq, Chinese citizens also attacked 
the American embassy in Beijing. For a couple of days the attack 
went on, but then Chinese police stopped it.

What country would want to put its embassy in the country which 
police would not protect it from vandals? That's basic premise of 
international relations.

Serbia showed some incredibly immature statesmanship in this 
situation.

ivo

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