Deputy PM: It is Our Duty to Remind Society of Freedom and Equality of All People

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Milošević made the statement after government officials laid a wreath at the sculpture “Moses” at the Jewish section of Zagreb’s Mirogoj cemetery on Wednesday.

Milošević said that today marked the beginning of the end of a dark period in human history, noting that the Holocaust and the killing of “others and those who were different” did not happen somewhere far away, but also at Jasenovac and other places of suffering across Croatia.

Asked if the government would accept the proposal by the Jewish Community of Zagreb to legally ban the salute “For the homeland ready” and how he perceived that salute, Milošević said that it was undoubtedly the Ustasha salute.

“As such it is unconstitutional and that is also the position of the Constitutional Court. A smaller part of the Croatian society has certain dilemmas about it, which then burdens the entire society and small communities like the Jewish community,” he said.

Milošević added that it was good politicians discussed the matter rationally and responsibly, without trying to score political points, and welcomed efforts to find a solution that would be the best for all.

They noted that the Jewish community’s proposal for banning the Ustasha salute and insignia had not been fully formulated yet.

He said that he had attended a recent meeting between members of parliament and representatives of the Jewish community, announcing that he would consider the proposal once it was formulated and discuss it with the head of the Jewish Community of Zagreb, Ognjen Kraus.


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