ZAGREB, September 19, 2020 – Wreaths were laid and candles lit at the Monument to the Revolution of the People of Moslavina in Podgaric on Saturday, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the northwestern Croatia in World War II.
“The current government shows much more understanding and tact regarding certain things than the previous governments. We are marking here today the 75th annivesary of one of the biggest victories over evil. One side chose the right way, the other the wrong way. Our side won the war and a country that is based on antifascism,” President Zoran Milanovic said in an address at the commemoration.
Noting that antifascism had not been included in the Croatian constitution by chance, he said: “A constitution is an act of political will and political awareness, and in 1990 there were no dilemmas as to whether antifascism should be put in the Constitution. Antifascism is part of the Constitution… so negating it 30 years later is simply ridiculous,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the event’s organiser, the Association of Antifascist Fighters and Antifascists of Croatia (SABA), its president Franjo Habulin said that the region of Moslavina had been of great strategic importance from the very start of WWII.
“The antifascist struggle brought about the most important democratic values, and today’s Croatia was won and preserved within borders defined by the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia. The Europe we live in today was also built on antifascism and the antifascist struggle,” Habulin stressed.
Among those attending the commemoration was also former Croatian president Stjepan Mesic.