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Sunday, 15 April 2012

March of European far-right banned in Zagreb

Croatian police have banned a gathering of European extreme right-wing parties scheduled for 14 April in Zagreb. The gathering was organised in a framework of a conference by the far-right Croatian Pure Party of Rights (HČSP) which had celebrated on 10 April foundation of a Quisling Independent State of Croatia in the Second World War.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović has confirmed that the Croatian ministry of the interior  had banned the rally which was supposed to take place following the 'conference', and added that “gathering of those who call for destruction of legal order will not be allowed”.
Namely, among the invitees of Croatian nationalists were parties of similar provenience, including youth of Hungarian right-wing Jobbik party – the 64 Counties movement. Jobbik's youth still regards Hungary in its pre-Trianon borders, before 1920 division of the Austro-Hungarian empire, including parts of Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine.  
“Those who call for snatching of territories can come as tourists but not as political protesters and those who organise the protests need to know that something like that will not pass,” Prime Minister Milanović said. He added that the rally would be contrary to the country's constitution as some of those foreign parties “are calling for persecution of Serbs and Roma and for grabbing of territories”.
The International Nationalist Conference, as the gathering was euphemistically named, was supposed to gather representatives of far-right nationalists from Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, France and Belgium. Aside from the youth branch of Jobbik, representatives of the French National Front, Austrian Freedom party and Bulgarian Attack party had announced their participation.
As a part of the Conference, the organisers envisaged a march in down-town Zagreb on 14 April in support of convicted Croat Generals Mladen Markač and Ante Gotovina, in an attempt to rally at least some support in Croatian public for their gathering. However, their initiative has been widely condemned by the Croatian public and, subsequently, anti-fascist groups have announced counter-rallies.
Prime minister emphasised a duty and an obligation to Croatian citizens to stand against these kinds of ideas and ban the rally. The organisers have stated they will respect the ban but that HČSP will file charges against Croatia before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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