The Balkan trail of the Christchurch-attack


The perpetrators of Christchurch had painted the name in Cyrillic on his weapon. You are probably the sign of a Patchwork of ideology as an indication of a terrorist connection to the Balkans.

During the 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant streamed his attack on Facebook, the suspected assassin of a track on the Balkans. The Live broadcast of the attack among Tarrant put a war song of the Bosnian Serbs in the 1990s, in the Yugoslav wars against the Muslim-dominated army of Bosnia-Herzegovina fought. The song “Karadžić, lead your Serbs” glorifies the former Serb leader Radovan Karadžić, the to condemned the UN war crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2016 to 40 years in prison. Karadžić was sentenced for his involvement in the massacre of Srebrenica, in July 1995 more than 8000 Muslims were murdered.

Radovan Karadžić was sentenced by the war crimes Tribunal in The Hague

Tourist on the lookout for terror inspiration?

Was written the fight song in 1993 by Željko Grmuša, wanted to strengthen the morale of the Serb forces. “It is terrible what has been done of this type in new Zealand. Of course I condemn this, I do all these innocent people suffering” – quoted by the leading Serbian tabloid newspaper “Kurir” for the Amateur musician. Željko Grmuša now lives in Croatia and fears for his safety.

The Amateur-produced song would probably be forgotten, if not Unknown, had begun more than ten years ago to provide new versions of the song as a Video with English subtitles “Remove Kebab” on the Internet. The anti-Muslim Videos have been clicked millions of times, and with racist User-provided comments. After the attack the owner of a particularly successful Youtube Accounts of the use of the Videos distanced by the assassin, and wrote under the Video, that his thoughts were with the Victims of Christchurch.


Brenton Tarrant travelled before the assassination several times to the Balkans. In 2018, he visited as a Tourist historical places in Bulgaria. Then he traveled to information from the Bulgarian Prosecutor-General to Romania and Hungary. Two years earlier, he should have Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia attended.

He should at that time have been in search of a typical neo-Nazi scene, he would have been in Serbia in the wrong place. Because of the historic hostility to the Nazi dictatorship and the Hitler-affiliated Croatian Ustashi state, the Serbs, who tend to the ultra-nationalist body of thought to reject, a majority of this ideology. The Serbian extreme chauvinism is more influenced by anti-West and Pro-Russian.

The assassin Tarrant was born in Australia

Patchwork Ideology

However, it is quite conceivable that Tarrant could have felt through the liberation struggle of the Balkan peoples against the Turks “inspired”. In his imagination, there is probably a connection line between him and the on the field of blackbirds in 14. Century in the fight against the Ottomans killed Serbian Prince Lazar, and other “defenders of the Christian areas”. The bizarre circumstances of the plot, like the one on his weapon-painted Cyrillic names of historical fighters against the Ottoman conquerors, are probably the signs of a Patchwork ideology that takes the manner of a self-service shop the Right. You are less an indication that there are terrorist Connections to the Balkans, or a network of Supporters there.

An ideological model for the Christchurch-assassin? Anders Behring Breivik

Similar to the Balkans, travel, Tarrant could have been due to the ultra-right Manifesto of the Norwegian mass murderer and right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik influenced. The Connections of the world of ideas of the alleged bomber with the ideas of Breivik, are obvious. Also Breivik ladies and Serbian paramilitaries, who had shown in the war in Kosovo a “Crusader mentality”. Be a role model, the former Serbian foreign Legionnaire Milorad Ulemek Legija, the left get under his battle name-Legija a bloody trail in the Yugoslavia. In the meantime, Legija was sentenced to as the Initiator of the assassination of the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjić in 2003 to 40 years in prison.

That the extreme Right have been involved in the Balkan wars, is known. They fought, depending on the origin, on different sides of the Front. German neo-Nazis and preferred at that time, the Croatian side, the Russians and the Greeks, the Serbian. Self the God warrior from the Islamic world called it supported the Bosnian Muslims. Through the Internet, the Propaganda of the time, and the documentation of the crimes are only a mouse click away.

The fear of the consequences

The media in Serbia covered the assassination attempt in Christchurch in detail. The security experts concluded an increased terrorist threat for the country. Professionals were however concerned that the reporting on the Videos Serbia could back in a bad light.

Many Bosnian-Muslim Users in the network are outraged because of the Karadžic to the song, especially since next Tuesday, the appellate court will announce in The Hague, the final judgment in the case of Karadžić. Some Muslim User is not irritated that the media call the perpetrators as “Christian fundamentalists”, while the label of “Islamic fundamentalists” in the case of other attacks is quite normal.