BELGRADE – The president of the Coalition of Refugee Associations Miodrag Linta agrees with the assessment of the Russian Foreign Ministry that, 19 years after the end of the war, aggressive Croatian nationalism and ethnic and religious intolerance are still very strong in Croatian society and primarily directed against the country’s remaining Serbs.

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This has resulted in more frequent cases of hate speech, verbal and physical violence, destruction of plaques commemorating World War II victims and a continued process of assimilation of Serbs who remain in Croatia, Linta said.

This is also confirmed by the fact that late Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb and Ljubljana wrote a letter to the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2006, claiming that more than 30,000 Serbs had been converted to Catholicism and that the process was ongoing, a statement said.

Linta urged the European Commission and the European Parliament not to remain silent in the face of growing neo-fascism and neo-Nazism in Croatia, which he said is mostly reflected by an escalation of violence against Serbs.