Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Petrov says controversial salute should neither be banned nor used

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.

Pupovac says difficult for SDSS to take part in Aug 5 celebrations because of the way holiday is marked

The vice president of the Independent Democratic Serb party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar on Sunday once again commented on the atmosphere and the celebration of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Veterans' Day in Knin, saying that because of the way that day is celebrated, it was very hard for the SDSS to take part in it.

Orepic: Historians, judiciary should define character of 'For the homeland ready' salute

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Saturday that historians and the judiciary should take a clear view on the Ustasha salute "For the homeland ready" and that said view should be "positioned" in the law.

Plenkovic condemns 'acts of provocation' in Knin

ZAGREB, Aug 6 (Hina) - Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic on Saturday condemned "all the acts of provocation in Knin" yesterday during the 21st anniversary of Operation Storm and dismissed claims that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic had become involved in the election campaign.

Pupovac says events in Knin make many feel trepidation

Serb National Council (SNV) president Milorad Pupovac said on Saturday that the events in Knin yesterday, during the 21st anniversary of Operation Storm, made many feel trepidation and that the feeling still lasted.

Controversial singer Thompson among those with misdemeanour charges after celebration in Knin

Criminal charges have been pressed against two and misdemeanour charges against six people at the celebration of the 21st anniversary of Operation Storm in Knin on Friday and judging by the Facebook profile of controversial pop singer Marko Perkovic Thompson, he is among those faced with misdemeanour charges for disturbing public peace and order.

Croatia refuses to receive Serbia's protest note over flag-burning incident

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac said on Friday evening Croatia refused to receive Serbia's protest note Serbia over the burning of the Serbian flag in Knin earlier that day during the marking of the 21st anniversary of Operation Storm, saying that "the inflation of notes creates disorder."

Serbia sends new protest note over flag-burning in Knin

The Serbian Foreign Ministry forwarded a protest note to Croatia on Friday over the burning of the Serbian flag in Knin earlier today during the marking of the 21st anniversary of Operation Storm.

Serbian FM: It's impudent to say Operation Storm was ethically clean

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic described in Belgrade on Friday as "sheer impudence" Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's statement that Operation Storm had been "ethically clean" and that it had "relieved (Serbs) of the heavy centuries-long burden of Greater Serbia projects."

Two arrested for setting Serbian flag alight

Police on Friday arrested two men for setting fire to the Serbian flag in Knin during the 21st Operation Storm anniversary, Sibenik-Knin County police spokeswoman Marica Kosor told Hina, adding that the police had also "established five offences against public order committed by wearing inappropriate clothing".

Croatian PM says fight for economy should be won now

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Friday that he came to Knin on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day in memory of those who gave their lives and health for Croatia, adding that now was the time to win the fight for a better economy.

Some veterans in Vukovar notified Serbia wants them for war crimes

Some war veterans from Vukovar have started receiving a note signed by Croatian War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved informing them that the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office has launched proceedings against them which have been referred to Croatia.

Ustasha salutes, traffic disruption mar Victory Day celebration in Knin

A group of about 40 men in black T-shirts briefly blocked Knin's main street around 2 pm on Friday, singing Ustasha songs and shouting the Ustasha salute "For the homeland ready!", which citizens reported to the police.

Serb representatives in Vukovar don't attend Victory Day observance

Political representatives of Croatian Serbs did not take part this year either in observing Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day in Vukovar, although they were invited at a City Council session.

Plenkovic says everyone marks Aug 5 as they see fit

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic on Friday commented on Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic's failure to attend a ceremony in Knin marking Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day, saying everyone "marks this day as they think they should."

People's Coalition lays wreaths at Mirogoj cemetery

Representatives of the People's Coalition on Friday laid wreaths and lit candles at Zagreb's central Mirogoj cemetery on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the military and police Operation Storm, Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day, saying that they wanted to mark this day in a dignified manner and without involving politics.

Serbian official says displaced, refugees from Croatia can't exercise rights

About 650,000 people from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia came to Serbia during the 1990s wars and many, mainly displaced from Croatia, still cannot exercise their acquired rights, Serbian Refugees Commissioner Vladimir Cucic said in Belgrade on Friday.

President says Operation Storm honourable victory for righteous cause

We respect every victim, the president said adding that every human life is valuable and that every family mourns their loved once the same way. "But (everyone) must know that 'Storm' was and will be remembered in history as a politically justified, ethically clean and military brilliant liberation operation on Croatian state territory.

President says Croatia respects every victim but Operation Storm was ethically clean

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday in Knin at the central celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Croatian military and police Operation Storm and celebration of  Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day that Croatia respected every victim, but that Operation Storm was ethically clean.

Top state officials pay their respects to Operation Storm veterans

Croatia's state leadership, led by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, after a military parade on Friday laid wreaths and lit candles in Dr. Ante Starcevic Square in Knin where a central ceremony marking Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day is held.

Serbia commemorates Serb victims of Operation Storm

"I don't believe in collective guilt and I will never say that Croats are responsible for your suffering. They are not. Those who threw bombs and those who spat on you when you were forced to flee your homes are responsible. How many of them did that -- this is something Croats must count, for their own sake. Their future will depend on their readiness to do that," PM Vucic said.

Croatia marks 21st anniversary of Operation Storm

Croatia marks Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day on August 5 to remember Operation Storm, a joint military and police operation that ended a Serb armed rebellion in August 1995 and restored Croatian sovereignty over occupied central and southern parts of the country, enabling peaceful reintegration of eastern Croatia in January 1998.

Anti-war protest elicits harsh counter-protest

A peaceful anti-war protest was held in Zagreb's main square at 6 pm on Thursday, eliciting a peaceful counter-protest by Croatian war and civil associations and a strong response from representatives of war veterans' associations.

President issues message for Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic issued a message on Thursday extending her best wishes to Croatian citizens on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans' Day, observed on August 5.

PM issues message on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday congratulated war veterans and all citizens on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian War Veterans Day, which are observed on August 5.

575 military personnel promoted for Victory Day

President and Commander in Chief of the Croatian Armed Forces Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has promoted 575 military personnel

State delegations lay wreaths at Mirogoj Cemetery ahead of Victory Day

Delegations of the Government, Parliament, President of the Republic and the City of Zagreb laid wreaths and lit candles at Zagreb's Mirogoj Cemetery on Thursday, ahead of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian War Veterans Day, observed on August 5.