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The Croatian Alliance of Anti-fascist Fighters and Anti-fascists (SABA) said on Saturday that one must not remain indifferent to historical revisionism, which must not succeed because "the Partisans and the Ustasha are not the same thing."

"The Partisans liberated the country in the anti-fascist struggle and anti-fascism isn't an ideology but a civilisation orientation which nurtures and promotes democratic values. Ustashism or fascism is an ideology whose programme includes a policy of a superior race, racial, genocidal laws and a bloody regime, killings, terror and deportations to concentration camps," SABA president Franjo Habulin said at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the 10th corps of the Croatian National Liberation Army's Zagreb branch.

He said historical revisionism must not leave one indifferent and that it could not and must not succeed. "It minimises the victims of the Ustasha regime in Croatia and the role and significance of the National Liberation Struggle and Army in the final victory of anti-fascism, while glorifying the Ustasha army as patriotic and the NDH (1941-45 Independent State of Croatia) as the Croatian people's striving for sovereignty and independence."

Former President Ivo Josipovic said historical revisionism was a dangerous tendency which divided people on ethnic, religious and other grounds. "We mustn't allow history to be revised."

Serb National Council president Milorad Pupovac said anti-fascism in Europe, the former Yugoslavia and Croatia had been a liberating force, movement and notion which freed the then nations of Europe and Yugoslavia from a slavery of crime and inequality.

Asked why government representatives did not attend the ceremony, although invited, he said they claimed to be anti-fascists "but don't like to socialise with anti-fascists."

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