Tomašević insists that the campaign in the run-up to the second round of the mayoral election in which he will face off Homeland Movement leader Miroslav Škoro is marked by hate and incendiary speech and fake news as never before.
Addressing the press in Zagreb today, Tomašević said that he had come to the venue of this news conference by tram and on foot just as he had done yesterday.
“I do not have the police protection, I have not requested it. Yesterday, you saw the stepped-up police presence as part of their regular activities at some of our gatherings,” Tomašević said after on Wednesday police officers were spotted standing near the venue of Tomašević’s news conference, which prompted media outlets and some politicians to speculate that Tomašević was given the police protection.
In response to reporters’ questions on Wednesday, if he had been given police protection, Tomašević told reporters to ask police about that because security assessment was not what he and his colleagues did.
Concerning this topic, President Zoran Milanović said on Wednesday afternoon that he would bet that Zagreb mayoral candidate Tomašević had been receiving threats given his opponent Miroslav Škoro’s incendiary campaign.
Later in the day, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said the left parties in Zagreb kept quiet about the attacks on him and his HDZ party yet were now appalled by mayoral candidate Škoro’s attacks. “Now you hear the aggrieved crying of all the people who otherwise keep quiet, and that’s the phenomenon of the Zagreb election. You have the left which is now crying, yet is otherwise silent.”
However, Tomašević said today that “nobody from the left is crying now”.
“I do not have the police protection, I and my assistant have come together. There is no police here,” Tomašević said adding that he feels safe and that he has not received any serious threat to date.
He reiterated that it was up to the police to assess security threats concerning the public gatherings of his political party and their sympathizers.
He said that when it came to fake news “there is a direct connection between” his opponent Miroslav Škoro and the funding of the fake news publication on social networks.
Tomašević said that he would consider taking possible legal action after the completion of the mayoral runoff.
“We are now focused on the second round of the elections,” he added.
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