Serb party billboards vandalized with hate messages in Croatia

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Serb party billboards vandalized with hate messages in Croatia

Deutsche Welle

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Serb party billboards vandalized with hate messages in Croatia
Serb party billboards vandalized with hate messages in Croatia. The graffiti reads “Slaughter Serb children / kill the Serb”. SDSS website
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Political ads for a Serb political party in Croatia have been repeatedly defaced with symbols of Croatia’s pro-Nazi Ustasha regime and anti-Serb slogans amid the campaign for the EU Parliament.

A photo posted by Serb representative Milorad Pupovac on Tuesday shows a billboard in Zagreb (pictured above) with a scribbled message “Slaughter Serb children, kill the Serb.”

Similar hate messages drew media attention in several other cities, including the popular tourist destination of Split earlier this month. In the seaside resort, Ustasha slogan “For home(land) ready” was added to the billboard of Pupovac’s Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS).

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Tractors to Brussels

The attackers in Split also called for Serbs to be hanged and urged the Serb minority to “Start up their tractors” as a reference to rural Serb population fleeing Croatia in 1995, at the end of Croatia’s independence war.

Commenting on the incident in Split, Pupovac said his party’s posters were directed against “prejudice and hate, which has been spreading through our society for years without anyone reacting to it.”

Pupovac, who serves as a lawmaker in Croatia’s parliament, also responded by taking pictures of himself on a tractor. He said he might use it to travel to Brussels after the May vote, according to “Jutarnji List” daily.

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‘Kiss the Serb’

Croatia entered the EU in 2013, but the country still struggles with the aftermath of the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, which pitted Croatian independence fighters against Serbian troops. Veterans form a powerful political force and the nation’s center-right government has been accused of cozying up to war criminals.

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