Djuro Glogoski, one of the leaders of veterans who have been protesting outside the Ministry of Veterans' Affairs for more than a year, on Thursday accused Prime Minister and Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic of ordering Minister of Veterans' Affairs Predrag Matic to disconnect the power to the protesters' tent set up outside the ministry.
Matic had told the press earlier that his decision to cut off the power was prompted by insults and threats against him and his family coming from the protesting veterans who have been calling for his resignation for more than a year.
Glogoski told a press conference that the decision was not Matic's but Milanovic's. "For more than a year now they have tried to provoke incidents whenever something important is happening in Croatia. Now they wanted to shift the attention of the public to the veterans to avoid discussion on the real problem and that's how to form the government," he said.
"Milanovic is obviously nervous after news websites reported that his ministers Ante Kotromanovic and Predrag Matic are involved in crime because they forged medical documentation," Glogoski said.
He said that people from the Bridge party had drawn his attention to the fact that the two ministers had been granted army pensions based on general, rather than professional, incapacity for work and that therefore they should not serve as ministers, but Kotromanovic and Matic had "frozen" their pensions and were now receiving ministerial pay.
"They obviously did something illegal," Glogoski said, declining to specify who gave him the documents in question.
Matic dismissed the accusations earlier in the day.