Pride and Shame

On Wednesday 24 July 2013, in Budva, a SeaSide Pride was held, the first pride parade in Montenegro, organized by the NGO LGBT Forum Progress. Although announced on short notice, in the middle of the tourist season and in a city that is considered to be the capital of Montenegrin tourism, recently been present in the media also within the black chronicles of crime fights, it ultimately went with a high degree of professionalism and commitment of members of the police forces. Around 400 of them, on that day, have been protecting around 30 of those who came to walk for human rights and against discrimination of the LGBT community, from about 2000 hostile citizens, out of which 500 were extremely aggressive and violent, among whom were those who, in addition to curses and calls for lynching, were also willing and equipped to throw on SeaSide Pride participants various rocks, bottles and whatever they got or they could find at hand. This was preceded by putting on, throughout the city, the death certificates with a photo and the name of the leader of the LGBT Forum Progress, who so far, unfortunately, is still the only publicly declared gay person in Montenegro, Zdravko Cimbaljević, which was criticized by the NGO activists, few officials at the national level and members of the international community. »

Naked patriotism

Montenegro will continue to exist, to the extent that its citizens stay committed to two principles: that the country remains sovereign from external interests and pressures, and that its citizens remain sovereign from political pressures by oligarchic structures. Three years ago I wrote here about a profession that does not officially exist in Montenegro but is nevertheless inordinately popular. That profession is patriot.

How does the love for one’s country become a profession? Who chooses it as a profession? Is this good or bad for Montenegro? Do we have a scale on which to measure the extent of patriotic commitment? »


What are the moral standards in Montenegro today? Which are the values we hold sacred, which allow us to tell good from bad? What is the ethical codex of the ruling establishment, whose leader is now, from the position of the moral policeman, starting “cleaning up”?

Not long ago we could read in the papers that the Prime Minister and president of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) Milo Đukanović explained at one of the promotional meetings that during his absence from the executive (as if anybody believed the executive was ever free of his influence?!), he had a chance to assess the situation objectively and to see all the “lack of commitment, professionalism, loyalty and moral ground in so many individuals and parts of public administration”. In his signature manner, he also threatened that “the state apparatus should be efficiently purged of all that…” »


The problem is the state, which lacks the institutional setup that would make us all equal before the law and accountable for our actions. This is why in Montenegro “the rule of law” is an oxymoron. Parties and individuals toying with the state and its future are, on the other hand, just a daily fix of irony for citizens’ amusement.

Oxymoron is a word of Greek origin, representing a figure of speech forged from two contradictory terms: oxys (sharp) and moros (dull), freely translated into something like “sharpwitted folly”. We come across them every day: “nearly perfect”, “living dead”, “public secret”, “a little too much”… A popular and striking stylistic device, oxymoron rose to fame in the era of romanticism and modernism, leaving its mark on many great literary works. »