Zagreb, Croatia: National Socialists Hold Demonstration Outside U.S. Embassy

The United States embassy in Zagreb on Monday strongly condemned the march staged by the far-right Autochthonous Croatian Party of the Right, A-HSP, in the centre of Zagreb on Sunday.

At the march, which was intended to show support to US President Donald Trump, party members waved the US flag, along with the Croatian flag with an unofficial coat of arms resembling the one of Croatian WWII fascist Ustasa movement.

The procession of some 30 to 50 people also flew their A-HSP party flag with the Ustasa slogan ‘Za dom spremni’ (‘For the Homeland, ready!’) on it, as well as the flag of the national socialist National Democratic Party of Germany.

“The embassy of the United States most strongly rejects the neo-Nazi and pro-Ustasa views expressed during a demonstration of a few people in Zagreb on Sunday,” the embassy said in its statement.

“We condemn any attempt to link the United States with this odious ideology. Such a suggestion is an insult to the memory of the 186,000 US soldiers killed in Europe in the fight against Nazi Germany and several million innocent victims killed during World War II,” it added.

The Croatian government also condemned the event on Sunday.

“[We] strongly condemn today’s lining-up of members of the A-HSP party in Zagreb, which promotes the Ustasa ideology and Nazism, thus attacking the fundamental values of the Croatian constitutional system,” the government said in a statement.

Although the march was legally announced to the police, which ensured the security of the participants, A-HSP president Drazen Keleminec was arrested for shouting ‘Za dom spremni’, which is a misdemeanour under Croatian law.

Keleminec said on Sunday that a representative of the German far-right NPD party, Alexander Neidlein, was also present on the march to assist the A-HSP’s cause.

“Alexander Neidlein is here among us, a friend who came to us today to give support for the independent and sovereign state of Croatia in the battle against the Satan which rules the Croatian state,” he said.

He then shouted “Za dom spremni”, insisting that nobody could ban him from voicing the Ustasa slogan in public.

He explained that his party supports Trump because of his politics, especially his anti-immigration and anti-EU stances.

Keleminec however rejected comparisons with the nationalist Serbian Radical Party, which also publically supported Trump.

The A-HSP is known for its protests at which it expresses support for the Ustasa legacy and confronts anti-fascist groups.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/us-condemns-zagreb-neo-nazi-march-for-trump-02-27-2017

Thousands of Croatian nationalists gather in Austria to commemorate fallen comrades

The Associated Press

Visitors hold flags including  one reading “Za Dom Spremni” or “For The Homeland, Ready!”, a motto used by the fascist Ustaše during WWII, during a rally in Bleiburg, Austria, Saturday, May 14, 2016. Thousands of far-right supporters have gathered here in southern Austria to commemorate the massacre of Croatian pro-Nazis by communists at the end of World War II. The event on Saturday comes amid a surge of far-right sentiments in the EU’s newest member country.

For Croatian nationalists, the Bleiburg site symbolizes their suffering under communism in Yugoslavia before they fought a war for independence in the 1990s.

The gathering Saturday on a vast field surrounded by mountains was attended by top Croatian officials and Croatian Catholic Church clergy who held a mass for the killed Croats.

The ultra-nationalists wore black T-shirts with the Ustaše’s “U” symbol and waved flags with inscriptions of their wartime motto.

“I’m here because my grandfather perished in the Bleiburg massacre,” said Elvis Duspara. “We Croats were never aggressors, we only defended our homeland. That’s why we proudly say: For the homeland, ready!”

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-05-14/croats-commemorate-wwii-massacre-amid-far-right-surge