A worthy challenge for Croatia’s silent majority held hostage by a corrupt, wile, raw and loud minority

The text includes lyrics from the Croatian President Kitarovic’s favorite singer — Marko Perkovic “Thompson,” a far-right figure known for glorifying Croatia’s WWII pro-Nazi Ustasha regime.

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Snapshot — Index.hr: Marko Perkovic ‘Thompson’, a far-right figure known for glorifying Croatia’s WWII pro-Nazi Ustasha regime invited to the stage allegedly by Croatian soccer player Luka Modric and the World Cup 2018 national team at the Zagreb celebrations.

Croatia’s internal fight between the past and the future, right and wrong, good and evil, was on full display during the World Cup 2018 in Russia. Getting into the finals was a meaningful self-esteem boost for Croatians who were reduced to “bread and circuses” by its corrupt political elite. On the other side, the corrupt elite attributed Croatia’s finals to their own accomplishment, seeking exoneration.

The historic accomplishment of Croatia’s soccer team getting into the World Cup final with France was overshadowed by an ultra-nationalist singer taking the stage in the welcome parade in the nation’s capital Zagreb. Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and popular singer Thompson hijacked Croatia’s soccer games in Russia.

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Photograph: Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic poses with the pro-Nazi regime symbol, the coat-of-arms of the Ustasha, which persecuted and killed vast numbers of Jews, Serbs, Roma and anti-fascists. The Ustasha symbol above features the first field with a white square , as opposed to red in the official flag of Croatia. (https://www.timesofisrael.com/croatian-president-poses-with-pro-nazi-regime-symbol/)

And this was not just any singer — Marko Perkovic, nicknamed Thompson for an American Thompson gun, is Croatia President Kitarovic’s favorite singer, a far-right figure known for glorifying WWII nazi-puppet Ustasha regime and firing up far-nationalists by chanting WWII nazi-puppet Ustasha regime’s salute.

Under the brutal Croatian pro-Nazi Ustasha regime, 80 % of Croatia’s Jews were exterminated along with other minorities. Today, anti-Semitic laws in Croatia block the restitution of private property, confiscated during World War II.

Croatia’s genuine national unity that formed around a soccer team and had the potential of achieving higher goals in building momentum for the future, was squandered by a singer and corrupt elite which is dragging Croatia into its dark past.

Croatia’s few independent voices condemning Thompson’s involvement via social media were massively threatened and insulted by Thompson’s supporters with vulgarity and worse.

Corrupt political elite used this moment to rehabilitate itself. This was an opportunity for former HDZ’s Prime Minister Sanader, who had been one of the President Kitarovic’s mentors since the early 90s, to demonstrate in front of the world’s cameras in Moscow his support for Croatia’s soccer team, thus defying his pending jail sentence for embezzlement. President Kitarovic’s political donor, Tomislav Horvatincic, showed up in Moscow, instead of serving the jail sentence for a reckless boat drive in which he killed an Italian couple in 2011, with a track record of hit and run accidents killing 2 people in the past.

Croatia’s former vice-president of the Croatian Football Federation, Zdravko Mamic, who threw a birthday party for President Kitarovic in the past, was not in Moscow. As a dual citizen, he fled to Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2018, after receiving a sentence of six-and-a-half years in prison for corruption. Audaciously, from the catholic shrine in Medjugorje, Mamic is trying to get credit for selecting Zlatko Dalic to lead Croatia’s soccer representation.

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Croatia’s taxpayers lost $35 billion in illicit financial outflows via crime, corruption and tax evasion in the period 2005–2014, which amounts to 73% of Croatia’s 2015 GDP. According to the most recent data, over 204,000 individuals which is 5% of the entire population, left Croatia during the last 10 years, thus eroding the nation’s already vulnerable pension system. The massive brain drain is depleting the country of valuable doctors and young professionals.

With soccer, the Croatian people were brought together in unity, pride and empowerment. Croatia will only deserve a brighter future if the same crowd of few hundred thousand citizens, which lined up the streets and Zagreb’s main square celebrating Croatia’s World Cup performance, takes up a worthy goal of demanding justice and economic opportunity for each citizen.

It is time for Croatians to unify against fascists, anti-Semites and ultra-nationalists, and demand the rule of law to retrieve stolen money and put behind the bars corrupt politicians and criminals.

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The hate-filled and vulgar lyrics sung by Marko Perković Thompson in the past led to the cancellation of Thompson’s concerts in Austria, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović’s Favorite Singer

Jasenovac and Gradiška Stara,
it is the house of Maks’s butchers
Trucks rush through Imotski, driving the blacks of Francetić Jure
In Čapljina there was a slaughterhouse, Neretva carried away a lot of Serbs

Oh, Neretva, flow downhill and carry the Serbs into the blue Adriatic
Who could imagine last year that Partisans will celebrate Christmas
Who said, father f__k him, that the Black Legion is not coming back

Our Lady of Sinj, if you can, take Stipe and give us Franjo back
Oh, Račan, dog f__k your mother, and those who vote for you
A glittering star over Metković, greet our Ante Pavelić.

1. Jasenovac and Stara Gradiška were Croatia Ustasha Nazi-puppet regime’s concentration camps in WWII. The majority of Croatia’s Jews were exterminated at the Jasenovac death camp, known as the “Auschwitz of the Balkans.”
2. Maks Luburić was a Bosnian Croat member of the fascist Ustaše movement who headed the system of concentration camps in the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) during much of World War II.
3. The Black Legion was a pro-Nazi Ustashe militia infantry unit active during World War II.
4. Jure Francetić was a commander of Black Legion.
5. Stipe Mesic — Croatia’s former president of a center-left political party.
6. Franjo TudjmanCroatia’s former President of the center-right HDZ political party.
7. Ivica Račan — Croatia’s Prime Minister of the SDP center-left party.
8. Ante Pavelić— a Croatian general and military dictator who founded and headed the fascist ultra-nationalist organization known as the Ustaše in 1929 and governed a fascist Nazi puppet state, the Independent State of Croatia.

According to a statement by Croatian President Grabar-Kitarovic about the work of the country’s state prosecution (in a case of abuse of office, forgery and theft) in March 2017:

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An Ustasha (Croatia’s Pro-Nazi Regime) guard stands amid corpses at the Jasenovac concentration camp, Sisak County, Croatia. Picture from US Holocaust Memorial Museum https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/media_ph.php?ModuleId=0&MediaId=1322
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Adolf Hitler greets Croatia’s head of state Dr. Ante Pavelic (middle) at his mountain lodge in the Obersalzberg region near Berchtesgaden.

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