Most Says Referendums to Build “Missile Shield” for Democracy

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MP Nikola Grmoja said that the referendum initiative aimed at amending Article 17 of the Constitution to include epidemic and pandemic as events during which constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms can be restricted only by a two-thirds parliamentary majority, had collected 370,310 valid signatures.

The other initiative, advocating a referendum against the national COVID-19 crisis management team, has collected 372,635 valid signatures, as determined by the Public Administration Ministry.

Grmoja believes that despite the war in Ukraine, that topic had not lost its relevance as it could become important again in autumn.

He noted that the current growth of prices in Croatia and the rest of the world was not due only to the Russian aggression against Ukraine because food and energy prices had been going up before it.

MP Nino Raspudić said that the issues raised by the two referendum initiatives were definitely not passe, claiming the government was keeping citizens in a state of permanent emergency in order to cover up its criminal activities.

“Croatia is being held captive by completely incompetent and immoral people implicated in criminal activity. This is the only way to say ‘enough’ through institutions. Croatian citizens have said so,” Raspudić said, adding that the referendum question seeking to amend article 17 of the Constitution was aimed at building “a strong, lasting missile shield for democracy and human rights in Croatia” because “the same story could continue after the summer.”

Asked for a comment on the varying expert assessments regarding the crash of a military drone in Zagreb last Thursday, Grmoja said that “Defence Minister Mario Banožić can no longer continue to be minister after this.”

“Not only because of the fact that the incident happened, with our air defence system failing to react, but because of the very communication following this unprecedented incident,” he said.


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