Vukovar Mayor and Homeland Movement leader Ivan Penava, historian Josip Jurčević, the late Croatian president’s advisor, former justice minister and member of parliament, Bosiljko Mišetić, and academician Josip Pečarić spoke about Tuđman at the event.
Jurčević said that the more “Tuđman is de-Tuđmanised, the greater symbolic importance he has.”
Pečarić believes that the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) treats Tuđman the same way the state does, with his membership of HAZU being regularly passed over.
Penava said that if the Homeland Movement had been consulted on how Tuđman’s 100th birth anniversary should be commemorated, celebrations would be taking place across the country.
“Institutions, kindergartens, schools, research and other institutions would be discussing Tuđman’s 100th birth anniversary the whole day. Military aircraft would be flying over Zagreb in his honour, instead of Macron’s, as seen a few weeks ago,” said Penava.
Commenting on Tuđman’s younger son Stjepan’s failure to attend the Vukovar event, Penava said that due to disappointment with events surrounding the 100th anniversary of his father’s birth, Stjepan Tuđman decided to stay in Zagreb and visit with his family Veliko Trgovišće, where his father was born, as well as attend Mass in Zagreb.
Penava said that the state leadership and the Zagreb city authorities’ treatment of the Tuđman family was the best proof of the authorities’ attitude toward Tuđmanism, sovereignism and to Croatia as created by Tuđman and defenders in 1991.
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