The non-parliamentary Croatian Party of Rights (HSP) has said that it absolutely supports Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic in what it describes as his fight for the truth about Croatia's past, which the Croatian people deserves.
"From now on, (Hasanbegovic) will be targeted by certain political forces because he has spoken up about forbidden topics, because he has had the courage to speak up about things that have not been talked about since 1945," HSP leader Daniel Srb said at a news conference in Osijek on Tuesday.
Srb went on to say that the climate in Croatia was such that true patriots could not be accepted by the public as humanists.
"Let me recall that in the then Yugoslavia, namely Croatia, just before the end of the World War II, racial laws were passed against the German ethnic minority and all those living in the former Yugoslavia who in the 1931 census had declared themselves as Germans were put in prison camps. We had pure racial laws, adopted on 23 October 1944 by the Anti-fascist Council of the People's Liberation of Yugoslavia, at its first session in Belgrade," Srb said, adding that this proved that those who today cited anti-fascism as a system of values were themselves unaware of what those values were and wondering if those who supported the former totalitarian system and were its officials had the right to call themselves anti-fascists.
"It is impossible to be a true patriot and humanist in Croatia today and have the public recognise it. Because the political forces that ran the former totalitarian system have to a much too great extent taken over control of the Croatian media. Until that is changed, we cannot have a situation in which a patriot is perceived as a humanist. That is intolerable," said Srb.