Rally held in Zagreb against attempts to downplay atrocities in WW2 death camps

A rally organised by a non-governmental organisation called "Anti-Fascist League" was held in the centre of Zagreb on Friday afternoon with demonstrators warning against what they called "dangerous occurrences" in the society such as downplaying of the crimes committed in the Jasenovac camp and other death camps during the Second World War.

The rally was supported by the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities in Croatia, the Serb National Council (SNV), the Roma National Council and the Association of Croatian Anti-Fascist Fighters.

Participants in the event said they wanted to warn against statements and actions of the current political leadership in Croatia that resulted in "increasing promotion of Ustasha movement as a form of more radical Croatian patriotism."

Some of the messages at the banners during the rally were "Fascistoid persons in power - Time for Resistance!", or "We want an Anti-Fascist Government!".

Some speakers at the rally accused the current government of deep divisions in society and raised their voice against Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic.

Earlier on Friday, the state-level official commemoration was held at Jasenovac  on the 71st anniversary of the breakout of 600 inmates of the Ustasha-run death camp, of whom 100 survived.

A week ago, the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities of Croatia held a commemoration for the Jasenovac victims. On Sunday, a commemoration will be organised by the Association of Anti-Fascist Fighters.

Last update: Fri, 22/04/2016 - 22:19

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