Difficult days for the Serbs in Croatia

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splitAfter several months of anger, breaking boards with Cyrillic and clashes with the police, “HQ (headquarters) for the defense of Vukovar, Croatia” has changed tactics and decided to referendum by the citizens of Croatia prevent placement of bilingual board in Vukovar. In the city of “special reverence,” as he is, such a table could be set up only if it has a population of more than 50% Serbs, and as a percentage of the Serbian minority can not reach.

If such a referendum is announced, warns Croatia in Brussels, will be faced with a big problem in the EU. Situation in the most recent member of the European Union will again be addressed Ms. Viviane Reding, a lawyer from Luxembourg or the European Commissioner for Justice. The warning is very appropriate, because the Act respecting the rights of minorities was one of the conditions that Croatia had to meet in order to even be a candidate for membership in the EU, and now come indications that the law could be changed.

The aforementioned “headquarters for the defense of Vukovar” fighter against the Serbian alphabet, as it does not make much earthquakes because of this warning, probably expecting that in other parts of Croatia finds support for a referendum on the Cyrillic alphabet. The authorities of cities across Croatia has requested permission to set up stalls in public areas, where they are collecting signatures for a petition “referendum on the Cyrillic alphabet.”

What was the reaction from other towns, for now, is not known, but it is the decision of the City Council in Porec. Here’s one part of the answer: headquarters for the defense of Vukovar, Croatia: “City Charter members of the Italian autochthonous national minorities provides the full recognition of their individual and collective identity, regardless of their share in the total population … We believe that the referendum instrument counterproductive in the regulation of relations between especially when it becomes a means of imposing the will of the majority over the rights of a national minority groups who, by definition, inferior and subordinate position. ”

We’ll see how it will react to other cities of Croatia inhabited by persons belonging to national minorities. Given that all this is happening in a country with an extremely affectionate Catholic laity, and that is its spiritual leader, Cardinal Bozanic indicated on which side (as the Pope Francisco not advertised for that matter), there remains concern that the hysteria with Cyrillic, despite warnings from Brussels, resume, a letter to the Serbian disappear from the streets of Vukovar.

croatiaAnd while the fight lasts, starting different and dangerous outbursts against the Serbian minority. The old saying that “one trouble never comes alone” again proves to be correct. In the midst of the efforts of patriots and defenders of Vukovar to get rid of them hated Serbian letters at Maksimir stadium plays the decisive game to go to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. The Croatia-Island. Croatian National Team beats and stadium in a trance. Upon completion of the match, Croatian international Simunic (otherwise known kostolomac opponent) takes the microphone and begins to shout the famous Ustasha slogan “Za dom …” which thirty thousand spectators enthusiastically and unanimously completes the word “Ready!”

Passing a few days, in Croatia there is a new “Maksimir” On a football match between Hajduk Split and Osijek, while one side stands unanimously starts screaming: “The House …”, the other accepts and completes the “Ready! “a third yelling” Go, go, Ustasha “… True, there is no mention of the Serbs and willow, but because the fourth stands singing “Fight fight, fight fight!” Against whom?

According to the census in 1910,in Croatia live 644 955 Serbs or 24.6% of the total population. Statistics show that this percentage significantly decreased after each war.During Year 1931, in Croatia was 18.5% Serbs, in 1991 12.2%, according to data from 2011 – only 4.4% dnosno, 186,633 Serbs.

How many more will – and without war – stay for our next list?

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