ZAGREB, December 12, 2019 – Presidential candidate Dario Juričan on Thursday staged a mock show called “An operation to save Croatia” during which he changed the name of Zagreb’s King Zvonimir Street to Dr. Ivo Sanader Street, while the Victims of Fascism Square was renamed the Square of USKOK Victims, and the Square of Croatian Great Men the Square of Croatian Tycoons.
Juričan, who during his presidential campaign has been introducing himself as Milan Bandić, briefly put up signs with the new street names, promising that once he came to power, he would “release the former prime minister and HDZ leader from prison” and “turn (the anti-corruption office) USKOK into a PR agency.”
“We have renamed this street the Street of Dr. Ivo Sanader. He is a historic figure, an HDZ giant of whom the HDZ is ashamed,” Juričan said, adding that Sanader advocated the same values as he did – “corruption for everyone and not just (those in power).”
Juričan briefly renamed the Square of Victims of Fascism the Square of USKOK’s Victims, announcing that he would abolish USKOK, the office specialising in the fight against corruption and organised crime.
He said that he had renamed the Square of Croatian Great Men the Square of Croatian Tycoons in honour of Josip Gucić, Miroslav Kutle, Zdravko Mamić and Ivica Todorić, concluding that “those people have been neglected by the state.”
Before his performance, Juričan showed reporters his banknotes featuring his image and the slogan “Visionary of corruption” and “Corruption, now or never”. After he handed them out, pretending it was a bribe, Juričan said, “Now that we have done this, let’s get to work”, an allusion to an expression used frequently by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić.
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