By: Peter Truden
The coronavirus pandemic has caused violent unrest all around the world. Dissatisfaction with the anti-corona measures also manifested in Slovenia, but here, the media and politics mixed it in with the general anti-government rhetoric, which slowly turned into tendencies to overthrow the current social system.
What resulted from this is an explosive cocktail of toxic disintegration and overt violence that we have not experienced since the end of World War II. It started off quite innocently – the main media actors of the deep state thought that with the protests, they would effectively manage to ruin the government in a few weeks, which would enable them to then enthrone their puppets, just like they did in 2013. Therefore, the Slovenian protesters were greeted by the “prime-time cameras” and journalist Katarina Matejčič, who discussed the best possible shots for the evening news show on the national media outlet with the main director of the protests, and RTV Slovenia even sent several teams at a time to follow the protests. But the government did not fall. However, the anger remained.
Hand in hand against the government
For almost the entire year of 2020, the media and opposition politicians were successfully selling the spin that the sole reason for the dissatisfaction of the protesters was the current government. This illusion finally dissipated on the 5th of November 2020, when the streets of Ljubljana were taken over by thugs, who almost killed a photographer and wounded another. The snowball effect, started by the national media outlet RTV Slovenia and the largest commercial TV station in the country, POP TV, in the hopes of a change of the government at the first possible opportunity, started to move forward on its own.
Our country became the Wild West. Rapper Zlatan Čordić – Zlatko verbally attacked the director of the National Institute of Public Health, dr. Milan Krek, and tried to forcibly take away a Nova24TV journalist’s camera. Across the country, we saw reports of violent conflicts between security officers in shopping malls and the customers who were refused entry because they were not wearing masks. On Friday afternoons, people stopped going to the centre of Ljubljana, as they knew they could quickly become victims of the violence of the anarchists who took the old town hostage. Residents from the area talked about broken glass, shutters being torn from their hinges, and damage being done to the walls of the buildings.
Of course, the so-called Constitutional Arch Coalition, which is actually the left-wing part of the current opposition, whose natural environment is chaos, hopelessness and anarchy, even further fuelled the anger among the people. Many were convinced that masks were unnecessary, that forcing children to wear them was a totalitarian move, that the app called #OstaniZdrav (#StayHealthy) was a tool for government control over the citizens, and that the closure of municipal borders was the result of the Janša government’s attempt to permanently keep all residents of Slovenia in a sort of open-type prison.
The gloom of the left-wing politics
People who were becoming increasingly irritated saw these actions of their political option and believed that a great injustice was happening to them. The primary gloom of the Slovenian left-wing politics once again came to light, which is most personified by the destructive Levica party (the Left). The party’s prominent member Miha Kordiš was an active participant in the people’s uprisings in 2012, when he occupied the Faculty of Arts as the leader of the We Are University movement (Mi smo univerza) and barricaded himself in a lecture hall. At the same time, he was also seen in the company of the anarcho-socialist Antifa thugs on several occasions (in the USA, a resolution is currently being processed to recognise the group as a domestic terrorist organisation). Nataša Sukič, an MP from the same party, also spoke at the Antifa’s meetings on several occasions.
Franc Trček, a former member of the Levica party, who is now a member of the Social Democrats party (SD), was one of the people who tried to forcibly enter the building of the Maribor Municipality in 2013, and recently, he threatened the Social Democrats Party (SDS) MP Anja Bah Žibert, with a poorly disguised threat that “if she wants an enemy, she will get one.” Following a series of coincidences, this group of dangerous revolutionaries became the unofficial leading party of the Constitutional Arch Coalition, along with Luka Mesec, the actual ideological and political leader of this group. It has had a significant impact on the climate of intolerance and extremism among Slovenian citizens.
This became apparent as soon as the protests began and were “blessed” by RTV Slovenia and its flagship journalist, Mojca Šetink Pašek. You could say that this was the fatal trigger for a river of violence, which we then experienced in 2021. The first protesters, in addition to denying the existence of the virus and being anti-government, also carried a totalitarian message, which is the core programme of the Levica party and the Constitutional Arch Coalition. The message was similar to other protests of the far left from the previous years – “The end of capitalism,” “For the world of people, not capitalism,” and “For the abolition of the party system.” A return to the “normal” state, then – just like the one we had before the 25th of June 1991.
And let’s not forget that in its political programme, the Levica party wrote that large companies would be “transformed” into forms of public ownership, and larger agricultural holdings would be banned. Jaša Jenull, who has practically become the official leader of the Fridays’ protests by now, is also an unofficial satellite of the Levica party, as he represents all the anarcho-socialist ideas of his “parent party.” The violent protests under the patronage of Anis Ličina, which happened last year, were just a too-quick overture – in reality, this is a long-term project of increasing the limits of tolerance to subversion.
We heard a lot about what will happen to all of us – not just the government – on the 27th of April 2021, at the major anti-government protests led by Jaša Jenull, the son of the Supreme State Prosecutor; Živa Vidmar, a descendant of one of the founders of the anti-imperialist front against the USA, France, and Great Britain, and Boris A. Novak, nephew of the cruel murderer, responsible for the massacres at the Krimska Cave in 1942. The “cast” was important, and so was its message. While the creepy march called Let’s Sharpen Our Scythes (Nabrusimo kose in Slovenian) was playing, the crowd shouted: “Revolution, revolution!”
The crowd also carried flags – mainly the following two: the Yugoslavian flag and the flag of the League of Communists of Slovenia, which read: “Proletarians of all countries, unite.” Once again, we also saw the infamous inscriptions: “The end of Capitalism,” and “For the abolition of the party system.”
And choirmaster Jenull was shouting: “Whose are the streets?” – “Ours!” “Whose are the roads?” – “Ours!” “Whose are the bridges?” – “Ours!” “Whose are the schools?” – “Ours!” “Whose is the parliament?” – “Ours!” “Whose is the government?” – “Ours!” “Whose is the power?” – “Ours!”
It is painfully obvious what the incited masses actually want – not only absolute despotic power but also complete control over the means of production. It is clear that this is the new endgame. They are aware of the fact that the time has come for revolutionary ideas. The coronavirus disease and the general discontent that the pandemic has caused among the people have been an excellent excuse for the violence they want, not only to chase away the current government but to trigger the next revolution for the long run, just like World War II triggered the first one.
After the April protest, a whole lot of other violent protests happened, officially as protests against the recovered-vaccinated-tested rule, but in reality, it was clear to those who spoke to the protesters that anti-capitalism tendencies and calls for anarchy and confiscation of private property were behind all of this once again. Granite cubes were thrown, they even fired a rocket at the National Assembly, and journalists from the conservative media outlets were being harassed. The autumn protests were also attended by dangerous Islamists who, by inertia, join the anarchists and socialists whenever they feel the shifts that could contribute to the gradual decline of Western Civilisation. The centre of Ljubljana thus became a permanently dangerous area for residents and visitors on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and families with children strictly avoided the area. We got the first Slovenian no-go area, which is very typical of Western European capitals.
This is the closest that the revolution has been in a long time. In parliament, the leading opposition party in its official political programme demands the nationalisation of private property (“We will transfer the ownership of companies to the state and local communities and establish workers’, farmers’, and consumers’ cooperatives.”). However, without this party, a left-wing coalition cannot be formed. But it will not be possible to fulfil the party’s programme, which demands the abolition of a system where the means of production are in private hands – which is also the dictionary definition of capitalism – without violence.
Hopefully, things have not gone too far just yet.