Meet the protagonists: Goran Gabrić
YUGOLAND, SUBOTICA, SERBIA
In Subotica, about 60km from Liberland, Goran Gabrić is the chairman of Mini Yugoslavia – Yugoland: a park of about 3 hectares to recreate the times of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The founder of Yugoland was Blaško Gabrić, who was so distraught at the loss of Yugoslavia that he decided to recreate it in his garden.
Today, Goran Gabrić, a young man in his early thirties, continues to strive to preserve the values of Yugoslavia, its values, and the remembrance of its former leader, Tito. This so-called Yugoslav nostalgia attracts thousands of visitors every year. In addition to the Yugonostalgics, commemorating the old days around the statue of Josip Broz Tito, Goran also wants to attract other people: young cosmopolitans with left-wing ideas, Chinese tourists, etc. Compared to how Liberland differs concepts such as freedom and liberty, Yugoland seems to have its antipode. But would a meeting between Vít Jedlička and Goran Gabrić bring the two antipodes closer together?