singer greets the crowd 70,000 strong with a fascist salute
at a national holiday celebration in Croatia - a soon-to-be
Croatia is a soon to be European Union member state. It celebrates its national
holiday on the 5th August, the anniversary of military
operation “Storm” in 1995.
During the operation Storm, the territory controlled by local Serbs was conquered,
or liberated, depending on the point of view.
What should not depend on the
point of view is the respect for the victims: more than
200,000 Serbs forced out from their homes, and up to 2000
killed. It is said to be the biggest ethnic cleansing in
Europe since WWII.
While Croatian top state officials
gather at the official celebration in Knin, large crowd
attends the concert given at Čavoglave.
The main star and the host of the event is Marko Perković Thompson. The most
famous Croatian singer is also infamous for celebrating
the Holocaust at Jasenovac, presumably the most brutal
death camp of WWII, in his songs.
Fascist symbols are traditionally displayed at the event. Although Police stated
that there would be a “zero tolerance” for symbols inciting
hatred, this year was no different.
Thompson himself used the Ustasha
Nazi Salute to greet the crowd, which responded with one
voice: “Za dom - spremni!” (For homeland - ready, the equivalent
of “Sieg Heil”).
On a wave of antiserbism, something
otherwise unthinkable has become a reality. Countdown to
the big comeback of fascist salute in Europe has begun.
If the European integration of
Croatia is carried out as planned, on August 5, 2013, tens
of thousands will chant fascist salute in European Union.
Unless we fight it! Serbs weren't
the only victims of Ustasha Nazi genocide. We call upon
Jewish organizations, Holocaust memorial organizations,
and all antifascists to join us in our protest.