This Year’s Bleiburg Commemoration Cancelled

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ZAGREB, April 21, 2020 – This year’s memorial ceremony for Croatian soldiers and civilians killed at Bleiburg, Austria in 1945 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers announced in a statement on Tuesday.

The decision was made at a conference call by the Bleiburg Guard of Honour on Monday after the Austrian government restricted the right to public assembly and the governments of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina restricted travel abroad or transit through their respective countries.

The statement said that an alternative programme to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bleiburg tragedy would be announced in due course.

The commemoration is held annually in Loibach Field near Bleiburg, Austria for soldiers of the Nazi-allied Croatian Ustasha regime and civilians killed there at the end of World War II.

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