Controversial Singer Thompson Charged for Misdemeanour Due to Ustasha Slogans

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At the end of a concert in Knin, Thompson as usual sang one of his song which contains “Za dom spremni” slogan.

At the end of the concert of controversial singer Marko Perković Thompson in Knin on Friday evening, the police reported the signer for a misdemeanour because he sang “Za dom spremni” (For Homeland Ready), which was the slogan of the Ustasha regime of the Independent State of Croatia, a Nazi-puppet state during the Second World War, reports on August 6, 2016.

The concert was broadcast live of the Croatian Radio Television (HRT), which used the opportunity to collect funds from viewers for the reconstruction of a water tower in Vukovar, one of the symbols of the Homeland War. The concert included several performers, but it soon became clear that the main star of the concert was Thompson. Although many European countries have prohibited his concerts due to controversial songs, he was not a problem for HRT which broadcast live his concert, during which the audience several times chanted “Za dom spremni”. The live broadcast ended with a Thompson’s song in which he warns about the threat of communists. After the broadcast ended, Thompson sang the song “Čavoglave”, which includes the “Za dom spremni” slogan.

The news about police misdemeanour charge was announced by Thompson’s management team. “Immediately after we left the stage, the Knin police tried to stop Thompson for unknown reasons. Thompson’s security did not allow that, so the police came later to the backstage area and handed the misdemeanour charge to Thompson”, said Thompson’s team in a statement. “Obviously, there are those who are bothered by the operation Storm and the magnificent celebration in Knin, particularly on this evening which was dedicated to the heroic city of Vukovar. Are the police aware of what they are doing? Is this being done for the purpose of the election campaign and in whose interest? Did the police have the intention to cause chaos?” asks the Thompson’s team.

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The Friday’s celebrations in Knin were marked by several incidents, including the one in which a group of veterans sang Ustasha songs on the streets, while a group of people burned Serbia’s flag, interestingly, while singing Thompson’s songs. The two flag burners were later arrested.


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