The president of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, said on Sunday that the salute "For the Homeland, Ready!" should neither be banned nor used as there were much nicer salutes and songs by which the homeland can be glorified and that the most appropriate thing would be to educate the youth about that salute.
"I think that at this moment the law is entirely unclear and until things are worded more precisely, this is a grey zone. To me "For the Homeland, Ready!" can be a salute from old times, but during the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) and the Ustasha regime it was compromised and in my opinion it should not be used as there are much nicer salutes and songs by which we can glorify our homeland," Petrov told the press in Sinj where he attended the 301st edition of the Alka lancing tournament.
He said this when asked to comment on the shouting of the controversial salute during the celebration of Operation Storm in Knin earlier this week.
The most important thing is to educate young generations "so they know this was a salute from old times, but that it was compromised during the NDH and the Ustasha regime," Petrov said when asked if the controversial salute should be banned.
"When you ban something there is always resistance and in my opinion a ban is not a solution. I believe education will help young generations much better," Petrov said.
Justice Minister Ante Sprlje said historians should voice their opinion about the salute first.