The Circle for the Square civil initiative said on Saturday, in the wake of public disputes on recent Croatian history, that different assessments of political historical events were a rule in European societies, and "unconditionally" supported Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic for "opening a wider discussion."
The "especially deep differences" in those assessments in Croatia are "a consequence of years-long forced and ideologised interpretations," the initiative said in a press release. The initiative pushes for a Croatia without totalitarian symbols in public spaces.
Circle for the Square said it supported Hasanbegovic's decision concerning the financing of leftist associations, and that it never had access to state money.
The initiative said it expected the minister and the government to continue to be resolute in dealing with the historical picture in its entirety. In that sense, it is necessary to rename Zagreb's Marshal Tito Square, whereby the Circle for the Square could wrap up its activity, said the initiative which has demanded for years that the square be renamed.
The initiative said that every European resolution condemning totalitarian ideologies and regimes "demands an equal social condemnation of fascist and communist totalitarianism."