The SDP also called on the government to distance itself from Raos’ statement.
Earlier on Sunday, during a ceremony at which wreaths were laid at a memorial to members of the HOS 9th Battalion “Rafael vitez Boban” killed in the 1991-95 Homeland War, Raos said: “You have to know, if it had not been for 10 April 1941, today’s Croatia would not exist.”
On 10 April 1941 the establishment of the quisling Independent State of Croatia (NDH) was proclaimed.
The SDP condemns the gathering in Split and the statement made by Brigadier Matko Raos, envoy for War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved, the opposition party said in a statement signed by SDP vice-president Ranko Ostojić.
“Putting the Homeland War and the establishment of today’s Croatia in the same context with the criminal Independent State of Croatia, a quisling entity, is unacceptable. Croatia, just like the whole of free Europe, was founded on values of antifascism, as defined by our constitution, and we should be proud of that,” Ostojić said.
“That people who represent the minister and the government have such a view is unacceptable. We call on the minister and the government to distance themselves from the event and their envoy’s statement,” the SDP said.
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