ZAGREB, May 3, 2019 – The fourth national Walk for Life, Family and Croatia will be held in five cities this year – on May 25, electoral silence day, it will be held in Zagreb, Split and Zadar and a week earlier it will be staged in Osijek and Rijeka, the coordinators of the Walk for Life initiative said on Friday.
The event will be held under the slogan “Let us protect the most endangered minority in Croatia – unborn children”.
Referring to the decision of the State Election Commission (DIP) to greenlight the event, the coordinators of the Walk for Life initiative said that they did not see anything contentious about the date of the walk and stressed that they would not be sending any political messages.
The national walk for life has been held every year since 2016 in the largest cities and it usually draws several thousand participants. This year, Osijek and Zadar have joined the initiative.
Andreja Kotnik of the Walk for Life initiative said that they supported life from conception to natural death, noting that two in three abortions were due to low living standards or social pressure.
The coordinators said that their initiative was a civic one, that they did not wish to send any political messages and did not support any slate or political campaign for EU elections, to be held in Croatia on May 26.
DIP said earlier that the event was not in violation of the electioneering ban but advised its participants to respect the rules on electoral silence.
Last year’s Walk for Life was attended, among others, by European Parliament member Marijana Petir and member of the Croatian Parliament Zlatko Hasanbegović, who are running in the upcoming elections for the EP.
Asked if they expected Karlo Ressler, the lead candidate on the ruling HDZ party’s slate for EP elections, who used to walk for life, to attend this year’s event, the coordinators of the initiative did not answer, saying only that all wishing to come were welcome.
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