A group of citizens who call themselves the Initiative for the Defence of A Croatian Vukovar on Saturday lit a candle outside the police building in the eastern town of Vukovar and covered with a black cloth the Latin-Cyrillic sign on the building with the name of the institution, in tribute to war veteran Darko Pajcic who died in hospital on Friday night and who two years ago smashed the bilingual sign and sustained serious injuries in an ensuing scuffle with a police officer.

The incident of two years ago involved the 43-year-old volunteer of the 1991-95 Homeland War and another Vukovar resident who clashed with the police after smashing the bilingual sign on the police building, with Pajcic sustaining serious injuries in a scuffle with police officer Sasa Sabados.

The incident prompted strong reactions from the veteran community. The police said at the time that the police officer had the duty to act in case of attacks on bilingual signs and that Pajcic sustained his injuries when he fell on the pavement. The police also said that Pajcic had been under the influence of alcohol.

Sabados' family was under police protection after the incident for weeks because of threats. Meanwhile, a group of citizens has filed a suit against the police officer for police brutality, while the Initiative for the Defence of A Croatian Vukovar requested his suspension and the resignation of the minister of the interior.

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