news 12 Apr 12

Croatian Government Bans Nationalist Rally

Croatia has banned a planned "international nationalist conference" planned by the extreme right Croatian Pure Party of Rights, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic announced on Thursday.

Boris Pavelic
Zagreb

"Those who call for oppression against minorities, Jews, Roma, and for grabbing the other's territories, won't do that on Croatian territory", Milanovic said at a government session.

"Croatia has an obligation towards Croatian citizens to oppose such an ideas", Milanovic added.

The small ultra-nationalist party had planned an "International Nationalist Conference" in Zagreb on Friday to which ultra-right parties and associations from Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria, France and Flanders in Belgium had been invited.

The conference was to be followed by a march in support of Croatian generals sentenced in the Hague-based UN war crimes court, the ICTY.

However, Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, sentenced to 24 and 18 years for war crimes in Croatia in 1995, opposed the rally, the daily Novi list reported.

Organizers have yet to comment on the ban.

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