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The President of the Serb National Council (SNV) and deputy leader of the Independent Democratic Serbian Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, on Monday claimed that by allowing a tent to be raised next to a monument in Srb with the aim of preventing the marking of the Anti-Fascist uprising (July 27) organised by the Autochthonous Croatian Party of Rights (A-HSP) meant that the police was protecting the descendants of the defeated Ustasha ideology who are promoting that ideology even today.

"What is concerning is the police decision permitting the tent to be raised next to the (WWII) monument. The Serb National Council, Alliance of Anti-Fascist Fighters and other organisations including local government authorities have been marking July 27 - the Day of the Uprising - in that town where a monument was raised to honour the uprising and despite that the police issued permission for the tent which is raised to 'de facto' obstruct the 75th anniversary commemoration of that uprising," Pupovac told reporters after a meeting of the parliamentary presidency and parliamentary group chairs.

The police, he added, overlooked or did not wish to see the fact that the applicants to put up that tent are "followers of the defeated Ustasha ideology and World War II forces, who are promoting those policies in political life in Croatia today, who are spreading hate speech, inciting violence and negating the anti-fascist struggle and anti-fascist values in Croatia."

The Zadar police administration on Monday confirmed for Hina that A-HSP had registered a public gathering with lectures to be held on the Homeland War in the period between July 8 and August 1 and of the raising of a tent, stage, sound system and that there was nothing contentious about that party of rights gathering next to the WWII monument.

Spokesman Zodan Elis confirmed that the police had not received complaints from anyone else regarding that matter.

Pupovac said that he had learned about the tent on Saturday morning after being informed by the local anti-fascist organisation in Srb.

Asked whether he thought the two sides might clash on July 27 or attempts made to remove the tent, Pupovac said that was a matter for the state and police.

If the state treats this tent like the same way it did the previous one set up by protesting war veterans in front of the veterans' ministry, then naturally, anything could happen but not from our side, he said.

"We will do everything to mark the Day of Uprising with all our partners in more numbers than in previous years. We will do that as we have until now, led by the idea of peace, tolerance, co-existence and brotherhood of all peoples in Croatia, primarily Croats and Serbs," he said.

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