A letter from a 12 year old about himself, his ideals, and death threats.
By Alan Simons
APRIL 14, 2010 – The youngest promoter of human rights in Serbia, 12 year old Rastko Pocésta, has already written two books about politics, and is active on the Internet against racism and neo-racism. He has now received death threats about his work.
This week I received an urgent email from a jewishinfoNews reader, born in Serbia, now living in the Netherlands, who is a lawyer specializing in human rights law. She is also a leading authority on negative attitudes towards the Roma people. She received the following letter from Rastko Pocésta.
The content describes the dire state of one young, gifted 12 year old boy.
Rastko Pocésta, April 11, 2010.
My name is Rastko Pocésta, I was born on January 27, 1998 (International Holocaust Remembrance Day) in Belgrade, Serbia.
I am a human, civil, political and minority rights activist, whose goal is international co-operation, peace, love and stability, in a tolerant society without racial, ethnic, gender or any other form of discrimination. I am social democrat/social liberal. I wrote two books: “Hall of Presidents” (biographical about US presidents) and “Man that did not survive the Holocaust.” It is a semi-fictional book that tells a story about Isaac Reisenstein, who lived during the period 1938-1945. However, many real-life persons appear in the story which is based on real, historical events.
My professional work began in February 2009, when I joined a number of anti-fascist and human rights groups on Facebook. Becoming active inside the groups, I earned the title of administrator in May 2009. . . In August 2009, I wrote my book “Hall of Presidents.”
On April 7, 2010, B92 was the first media in Serbia, to get interested about my work. After broadcasting an interview with me on April 8, I received many death threats. One threat said that I would be killed on the first day of school, on April 12, by members of far right ultra-nationalist neo-Nazi organizations.
The B92 interview can be viewed on You Tube at:
As of this evening, it’s my understanding Rastko is well.
UPDATE as of Thursday, April 15, 2010.
This morning my source advised me the latest news about Rastko is that the ultra-nationalist, neo-Nazi organization from Belgrade, OBRAZ published Rastko’s photo on their website, calling their members to beat him up whenever they see him, “to beat the weird ideas out of Rastko’s head.”
I’m told OBRAZ is a major hate-speech factory in Serbia openly promoting antisemitism, racism, homophobia. Their members are often involved in brutal physical violence against gay activists etc.
Here is the link to their hateful observation of a 12-year old young boy: http://obraz.forumotion.com/forum-f37/topic-t2438.htm
UPDATE as of Thursday, April 29, 2010.
I learnt today that Rastko, after so much publicity, now receives police protection.
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