Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general Milijan Brkic on Tuesday refuted claims by the Serb People's Council (SNV), an umbrella organisation of ethnic Serbs, that the ruling party is responsible for a rise in hate speech and anti-Serb sentiment.
"I hate no one and it is not clear to me why he used the term hate," Brkic said adding that Croatian citizens can freely walk in their country and that nobody is exposed to threats.
"The Croatian public and citizens should not be contaminated by paranoia of fear, and no one is threatened in Croatia, including Pupovac. If he is, he should go where he wouldn't be," the HDZ official said.
Pupovac on Tuesday presented data which the SNV collected to substantiate its claims about rising anti-Serb sentiment.
Brkic, the HDZ's candidate for the post of War Veterans' Affairs Minister, said that he had not yet been invited by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic for talks on his candidacy, explaining that all that was part of the procedure.