ZAGREB, March 12, 2020 – Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Thursday met with representatives of the Church and the Honorary Bleiburg Platoon about the organisation of the 75th Bleiburg commemoration in Austria.
This year’s commemoration should take place on May 16 under the auspices of the Croatian parliament. The participants in the meeting said its taking place would depend on developments with coronavirus.
They underlined the importance of constant contacts between Croatia and Austria in preparing the commemoration and of holding a dignified event by respecting the law and prohibiting the display of unacceptable symbols.
There will be no political speeches at this year’s commemoration either, it was said.
The commemoration is held annually in Loibach Field near the town of Bleiburg, Austria for soldiers of Croatia’s Nazi-allied Ustasha regime and civilians killed there at the end of World War II.
Last year’s gathering was held under tighter security after Austria added symbols of the 1941-45 Independent State of Croatia to the list of banned symbols from the Nazi period.
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