BELGRADE – Members of the Ninth Battalion march down the streets of Knin, loudly sing Ustasha songs and shout Ustasha cry “For Home Ready”. Nobody reacted to the shameful incident on the day Croatia celebrates ethnic cleansing of Serbs as a national holiday, writes Index.hr.
“The police do not react but lets them through, and Croatian soldiers in ceremonial uniforms wave to them and put thumbs up as a sign of support. The police on motorcycles has not even flinched while passing by the parade, and the others moved their barricades so they are able to pass peacefully,” reported Index.hr’s journalist who was at the scene.
In the footage the portal published a mass can be heard clearly shouting “God and Croats!” and “For Home Ready!” along with Ustasha songs.
During the celebration the “Storm” another incident occurred – a group of young man and women, with the rhythm of Tompson’s songs, to the delight of those present, lit a Serbian flag, reported Croatian portal Index.hr.
While Serbia mourns and marks the Day of Remembrance of victims and Serbs displaced during the Croatian military-police operation “Storm”, the Victory Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders is being celebrated.
“Patriots” hit women with fists
Thousands of people gathered yesterday in Zagreb to peacefully express disapproval of the revamped Ustasha movement in Croatia and celebration of military action “Storm” in which more than 280,000 Serbs were expelled, killed or are missing.
Soon came the response in the form of counter gathering, and hastily “Defenders”, “Patriots”, or whatever the guardians of the Ustasha legacy and extreme nationalism call themselves, gathered.
Defenders attacked the participants of the protest who had previously been banned to gather on the central square in Zagreb by the police, and young men who were not even born at the time of the “Storm” attacked people who calmly walked trying, with their silence, to express absurdity of celebrating war actions in which innocent civilians paid with head or home.
Thus, one video shows a girl who was at the protest gets hit in the head by the “Patriot”. The young men who attacked the girl was in the group of younger men who insulted, cursed and threatened the protesters.
To make matters worse, the police, which is supposed to prevent these and similar incidents, did not react to hits, nor detained the young man who hit the girl in the head.
All this happened in the youngest member of the European Union which also reacts badly to the rise of ultra-nationalism in Croatia.