Monday, July 02, 2007

The Next Generation of Fascists

At a rock concert in Zagreb, Croatia, this weekend, a young generation of concert-goers showed a disturbing nostalgia for fascism. Thousands of fans responded to rock star Marko Perkovic by giving the Nazi salute and shouting slogans from WWII. Perkovic, who fought in the Croatian army, consistently incorporates this fascist exchange during his acts. His public affairs manager, Albino Ursic, dismissed the Nazi salute as merely “teenage rebellion.” The crowd also showed off fascist regalia: Some fans were wearing black caps from Croatia’s Nazi-affiliated Ustache government, which was responsible for sending thousands to the concentration camps. The concert was attended by an estimated 40,000 people and was shown during prime time on state-owned television.

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