“Without that harmony among the Croatian people, there cannot be any progress. We are few and only with joint effort, regardless of how worn out that may sound but it is worth repeating, can we go on further and can we progress,” Milanović underscored.
This gathering here today, peaceful, civilised, civic, leftist, as well as traditionally Dalmatian, is an indicator that this is a normal and peaceful society that needs only a little to agree on some matters, he said.
He announced that he would attend the Antifascist Struggle Day commemoration in Brezovica on Tuesday, where the first antifascist uprising took place.
Milanović said that he had come to Split “because of his grandfather and his brother and his grandmother and her brothers who did not go to war as antifascists, because they did not know what that meant.”
He named those killed in the First Split Detachment comprising young communists from Split, saying that from today’s comfortable perspective, that is difficult to comprehend.
“We do not have people like that today. They were the spark that lit the uprising, the people’s uprising… I know that this day, these days, this holiday bothers some people in Croatia. I know that there was injustice, murder, unreason, because every revolution is rough, raw, unjust and quite often, if it doesn’t eat them, it harms its children but that was the price they had to pay,” he confirmed.
He recalled that the First Split Detachment comprised young communists from Split. “To be fair, they weren’t fighters for democracy, they were revolutionaries, fierce, sometimes unjust,” said Milanović.
He added that fifty years later some other people, Croatian fighters for freedom in the Homeland War, were prepared to courageously enter into battle, risking their lives.
Recently-elected Split Mayor Ivica Puljak attended the commemoration. It is our permanent obligation to create a society of equal opportunities in which freedom and mutual respect is accessible to everyone, he said.
“We always have to remember the fact that Croatia was founded on the values of antifascism and the Homeland War. In the hope that the contemporary challenges bring us even closer and strengthen our efforts to build a tolerant country open to everyone and to promote good on behalf of our future and the future of our children, I congratulate everyone on Antifascist Struggle Day,” said Puljak.
The commemoration in Split was organised by the City of Split and Split-Dalmatia County as well as the county and city associations of antifascist fighters and antifascists, and the Association of Homeland War Veterans and Antifascists.
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