Today, a protest called “Sorry to bother you, I can’t breathe” will be held in Zagreb, exactly six months after the death of journalist Vladimir Matijanić, who died on August 5 last year, after five days of not only not being provided with medical care rather, he did not even receive an adequate medical examination.
The protest is organized by the Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND), which announced that the gathering will begin at 12:00 in front of the Journalists’ House, and then at 1:00 p.m. the procession will start to St Mark’s Square.
It is protesting against the system that killed Matijanić and for all other victims of the healthcare system, which does not work in Croatia. HND advocates for an independent investigation into the circumstances of Vladimir Matijanić’s death, as well as for the resignation of Minister of Health Vili Beroš.
Petition for a new investigation and resignation of Vili Beroš
Andrea Topić, journalist and life partner of Vladimir Matijanić, Vice President of the Split-Dalmatia County HND Branch Gabrijela Radanović, Index journalist Ilko Ćimić, HND Vice President Branko Mijić and HND President Hrvoje Zovko will speak on St Mark’s Square.
With this action, HND insists on the demands set out in the petition signed by almost 5,000 citizens, in which they demand that a new, independent commission conduct investigations and determine whether there are failures in the treatment of colleague Matijanić, and that the Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, who in the failures of the system he manages, does not sees nothing controversial – step down from that responsible position.
This is not a protest against healthcare workers, they are equally victims of a system that does not work. And there are fewer and fewer of them left to work in Croatia. And that’s why we protest.
Against the system that killed our colleague Vladimir Matijanić. For an independent investigation into the circumstances of his death. For the resignation of Minister of Health Vili Beroš. So that it doesn’t happen again to anyone…”, reads the HND press release on the eve of the protest.
ZET announced a schedule change
During the protest over the death of journalist Vladimir Matijanić, ZET warns, the timetable will change.
They say that from 12:45 to 2:30 p.m. tram traffic will be suspended on Ilica from Ulica Republike Austrije to Trg ban Josip Jelačić, Jurišićev and Ulica Franje Rački, then Zrinjevac, Frankopanski and Savska to Vodnikova Ulica.
Tram lines will operate on changed routes in both directions:
Line 6: Črnomerec – Ulica Republike Austrije – Vodnikova – Main station – Bus station – Sopot
Line 11: Črnomerec – Ulica Republike Austrije – Vodnikova – Main station – Draškovićeva – Vlaška – Dubec
Line 12: Ljubljanica – Savska cesta – Ulica grada Vukovara – Držićeva – Šubićeva – Kvaternikov trg – Dubrava
Street 13: Zitnjak – Vukovar Street – Savska – Vodnikova – Main Station – Draškovićeva – Kneza Mislava Street – Victims of Fascism Square – Kvaternikov Square
Line 14: Savski bridge – Savska cesta – Vodnikova – Main station – Branimirova – Draškovićeva – Mihaljevac
Line 17: Prečko – Savska – Vodnikova – Main station – Draškovićeva – Kneza Mislava Street – Trg žrtava fašizma – Borongaj