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Photograph: HINA / Mladen VOLARIĆ / mm

Anti-riot police on Sunday morning started removing a tent set up by the Autochthonous Croatian Party of Rights (A-HSP) next to an anti-Fascist monument in the village of Srb, and during the action eight activists of that non-parliamentary party were arrested after they refused to leave the area.

The spokesman for the Zadar Police district, Elis Zodan, said later on Sunday that the arrested men had been taken to a police station on suspicion that they violated the Public Assembly Law and disturbed the peace.

On Saturday, the A-HSP was told to remove the tent until 7 am Sunday..

Spokesman Zodan explained that the tent must be dismantled since the local authorities in the municipality of Gracac did not allow that non-parliamentary political party to use the said public space.

Residents in the Serb-populated village of Srb recently sent an open letter warning that they feel intimidated due to the tent set up by the A-HSP  with the aim of preventing the marking of Anti-Fascist Uprising Day (July 27).

Srb is a village in the Dalmatian hinterland near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A-HSP leader Drazen Keleminac has admitted that he and his followers had set up the tent to prevent the gathering on 27 July,  which is held in tribute to an uprising of locals against the Nazi-style Independent State of Croatia on 27 July 1941 in Srb. He accused the police and state authorities of currying the favour with Croatian Serb leaders, including Milorad Pupovac.

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