New Zealand Christchurch Shootings: Inspired by Former Yugoslavia Wars and Anders Breivik

New Zealand Christchurch Shootings: Inspired by Former Yugoslavia Wars and Anders Breivik

 A 17-minute video of one of the attacks on March 15 in New Zealand's Christchurch begins with the scene where a man identifies himself as Brenton Tarrant as he goes to the Al Noor, Mosque,  where 41 people have been killed . In the background of the video is heard a nationalist Serbian song and a robotic voice that drives Tarrant toward the destination. 

The song was said to have been produced in 1995, during the wars that resulted in the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and the death of some 130,000 people. The song, originally titled "Karadzic, Leads your Serbs," refers to the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, also known as the Balkan Butcher, condemned by the International Tribunal in 2016 for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. "The wolves are coming, be careful from Ustashas and Turks," reads a part of the text, which refers suggest the Serb nationalist soldiers to be carefull from the Croatian nationalist fighters and Bosnian Muslims.

"Karadzic, lead your Serbs. Lead your Serbs. Everyone must see that we are not afraid of anyone." 

"In defense of the Serb people, fighting for our beloved freedom, our beloved freedom," the lyrics continue.

The statement of a New Zealand attack witness that this video song, which appears to have been recorded in 1995, was first published on the Internet in 2006, has become very famous among the radical white nationalists. In some scenarios, there are three men in uniforms of ethnic Serb paramilitaries, singing this song. The member's iron appearance, Novislav Djajic, has become extremely popular among nationalists, with the inscription "Such a Face Soldier". Djajic is accused in Germany of participating in the genocide in 1997. He was subsequently released from genocide charges but was sentenced for cooperation in 14 murders and sentenced to five years in prison. After release, he was expelled in a third state. The song text has been rewritten several times, in many languages, but always with the militant anti-Muslim parts. This song is titled Powerful Serbia or other anti-Muslim titles that have been initially used in Serbia and then used by white supremacists in Europe and around the world.

New Zealand authorities have identified the attacker, now in retention as an Australian 28-year-old. But reports have confirmed that the suspect, accused of murder, has described himself as a "nationalist" named Brenton Tarrant, who during the attack has published direct video on social networks. Shortly before the attack, in which 49 people died, Tarrant published a 74-page manifesto, in which he mentioned that he has been working on this document for a period of time.

New Zealand Christchurch Shootings: Inspired by Former Yugoslavia Wars and Anders Breivik

In some direct views of the video that has been live, on the gun and magazines have seen written Serb names such as Milos Obilić and Car Lazar, who together fought against the Ottomans in the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. In addition to these two names, theere were names of the fighters and leaders of that time who fought against the Ottoman Empire, including the Albanians Scanderbeg and Arianiti.

 In this document, Tarrant denies being a member of any organisation, but admits "he was inspired" by the far-right Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik, who has killed 77 people in a bomb and firearm attack in Oslo in 2011. Prior to the attack, Breivik had published 1,500 pages of documents, with hundreds of references to conflicts in the Balkans. Based on the The Economist, Kosovo is mentioned in the Breivik documents 143 times, Serbia, 341 times, Bosnia 343 times, and Albania 208 times. Breivik wrote that NATO bombing in Serbia during the Kosovo war in 1999 was a major motivation for his assault, saying it was "totally unacceptable" that the United States government and European leaders "have bombed our Serbian brothers ". In the Tarrant Manifesto, it is mentioned that the United States needs to weaken to prevent another situation like when "US and NATO forces have fought with Muslims against European Christians, although the latter have made efforts to take away Islamic invaders from Europe". Tarrant, describing himself in this manifestation as "a simple, white, 28-year-old man," with Australian citizenship, has characterised the attack with "anti-migrant elements, and against replacing cultural or ethnic elements." Tarrant is expected to appear before the Court in Christchurch on March 16.

The New Zealand Herald daily has described the attack on the Mosque as the most mass murder in this country since 1943.
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