Saturday, September 7, 2013

Protest against Cyrillic to resume in Vukovar on Monday

9/6/2013 4:10:00 PM
VUKOVAR - The people protesting against the Cyrillic script in Vukovar, eastern Croatia, decided at Friday's rally that there will be no gatherings over the weekend, adding that the protest will resume on Monday.

  The protests in Vukovar, a town in which Serbs account for 33.3 percent of the total population, began on Monday, after the placing of name plates in both Latin and Cyrillic scripts on public buildings. Head of the Headquarters for the Defense of Croatian Vukovar Tomislav Josic said that there will be no organized watching of the football match between Croatia and Serbia, which is to be played in Belgrade on Friday evening. During Friday's protest walk, the disgruntled citizens underscored that they do no want the Cyrillic script, “not now, not ever, as that is not just any script, but the script under which crimes were committed against Croats and other non-Serbs during the Croatian War of Independence.” 

 The Headquarters for the Defense of Croatian Vukovar also announced a protest in Zagreb, after the last evening's meeting which brought together representatives of 95 associations of war veterans and families of the fallen from entire Croatia. At the meeting, participants called for resignation of Minister of Veterans' Affairs Predrag Matic, as by his actions and public statements so far, he has undermined the dignity of each and every veteran.

 The first day of protest was marked by the forcible removal of plates from public institutions, which were then reinstalled. In the following days, protests took a more peaceful tone. The Croatian state leadership condemned violent demonstrations, and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic made it clear that the government will not give up on the name plates in Cyrillic script in Vukovar. Minister Matic also confirmed that there will be no changes to the Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities. Phpto Tanjug, Photo FaH

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