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 The leader of the opposition Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, Tomislav Karamarko, said at an election rally of the HDZ-led Patriotic Coalition in Split on Tuesday that the current government was destroying Croatian sports and causing divisions between sport fans in Zagreb and Split.

"... this government has to a great extent destroyed Croatian sports which was an exceptional export product. Everybody around the globe knew about the Croatian coat-of-arms, it's on our athletes' jerseys. We are known for it and they knowingly attempted to destroy it," said Karamarko.

Criticising the government, he said that its policy had resulted in a new exodus of Croatians, which he said was unforgivable.

"Tito dealt with unemployment by sending half a million Croats to work in Germany, and Milanovic is doing the same. He says that unemployment has been reduced. But how has he done it? By sending people to work abroad, from Canada to Australia and all over Europe."

He said that the government was faking to be patriotic and that it was being taught about patriotism by a US public relations expert.

"Maybe we should take credit for that, they have learned from us how to love the homeland and wave its flags and that Tudjman is the greatest Croat of the 20th century and not some Josip Broz-murderer," said Karamarko.

Damir Krsticevic, who heads the Patriotic Coalition's slate in Constituency No. 10, said that those who would vote for the coalition of independent slates MOST (Bridge) would be voting for a weak government and an uncertain future.

Constituency No. 10 covers the southern part of Split County and the entire Dubrovnik County.

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