Police are investigating the two cases, while a third one was solved by intervention of the Bulgarian Embassy, the daily said.
According to the first police report, the target was an elderly Bulgarian lady who said that after she entered a taxi, the driver rudely told her that she had closed the door too hard.
He asked her where she was from and when she told him, he told her, “You Bulgarians with your dirty politics towards Macedonia are coming here to live in our beautiful Croatia,” the report says, adding that the driver stopped the car and asked the lady to pay and leave.
She did so and asked him to help her get her heavy bag from the trunk, the report says, adding that he threw the bag, causing the lady to fall to the ground.
In the second case, another Bulgarian woman reported that objects were thrown at her husband in a farmers’ market after a discussion on the origin of the goods on sale, which led to a question about the man’s origin.
The seller started insulting him, saying that “Bulgaria is blackmailing the unfortunate Macedonia,” and threw an object at him, the report says.
In the third case, the son of a Bulgarian woman was allegedly banned from a Zagreb kindergarten, but, Jutarnji List said, the case was solved following suspicion of discrimination and an intervention by the Bulgarian Embassy.
Plenković said on Thursday that Milanović was responsible for a complaint the government and the Foreign Ministry received from the Bulgarian Embassy following assaults on three Bulgarian nationals in Croatia because, he said, of Milanović’s recent statements about Bulgaria.
During the Brdo-Brijuni summit on the Western Balkans last week, Milanović criticised Bulgaria, without naming it, for demanding that North Macedonia change its history textbooks as a condition for its EU accession.
Bulgaria’s Director General for European Affairs Rumen Alexandrov called Milanović’s statement “unacceptable and unwarranted,” however Milanović stood by his words.
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