ULTRA Festival is extremely popular among mainstream “liberal” (which is to say Titoist/Stalinist) media in Croatia. All major media outlets sang praises about ULTRA, possibly because they are being paid to do so. Slobodna Dalmacija (“Free Dalmatia”), one of many Croatian media outlets in employ of still-ruling Communist Party of Croatia (HDZ and SDP are merely its branches), sent journalists not with task of objective reporting, but with task of promoting the festival. All mainstream media did more or less the same.
All of them ignored the dark side of the festival.
After the festival (held 12th-14th of this month), the city literally stank of shit and vomit. Festival was a perfect outlet for youth to get themselves stoned with legally acceptable drugs such as alcohol, and oftentimes with illegal drugs as well. Around ten thousand inhabitants were unable to sleep due to the noise, and festival visitors have developed a tendency to shit over people’s lawns, as professor Gordan Sladoljev points out. One visitor lost a tooth due to too loud noise.
In the end, 300 people were arrested, 170 of them foreigners. Out of 330 criminal charges, 276 were due to drug usage. In mere twelve hours, twenty people were hospitalized due to critical condition – less severe cases were treated on the spot. All of them were heavily drugged, typically with vodka, ecstasy, apaurines, red bull, or some combination of those. It was not unusual for medical personnel to measure over 200/120 blood pressure and 130 to 140 heart beat rate.
In Miami, place that the festival originated from, police asked the event to be forbidden in 2013. due to damage to economy and inhabitants, excessive noise, immoral behavior of festival-goers and traffic jams. Three months later there was first casualty of Ultra festival, a 20-year-old who most likely died due to excessive use of narcotics. In fact, some 70 to 80 per cent of all ULTRA visitors regularly consume narcotic drugs, most popular of which is ecstasy.
Typical noise level on ULTRA is between 94 and 115 decibels. Latter level of noise ear can withstand for only 30 seconds without physical damage. Journalist Daniel Rivero has shown that one in five US teenagers lost their hearing by their 19th year due to noise exposure.
Overall, ULTRA festival sank to the low(est) levels of barbarism, but as an old saying goes – cheer up, it can always be worse; and it definetly can, as majority of medical cases were foreigners, not people from Croatia. Worst part is that this kind of barbarism is culturally acceptable in liberal West, and local Croatian sheep have a tendency of following every new “development” coming from the West, regardless of how dangerous it is.