Five Croat nationals were handed down convictions by the court in Klagenfurt, Austria due to Nazi salutes they did and fascist Ustasa slogans they shouted in Bleiburg during the commemoration of Croatian fascists and others killed there in 1945.
The yearly mourning -an anniversary honoured for over three decades, marks the killing of supporters of the Ustasa (or Ustashe) a Croatian fascist, racist, ultranationalist and terrorist organisation, active, in its original form, between 1929 and 1945. Its members murdered hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews, and Roma as well as political dissidents in Yugoslavia during World War II- is considered controversial by many. The tens of thousands that usually attend it, quite often wear Ustasa insignia and engage in anti-Serb and anti-communist hate speech.
During this year’s commemoration, five Croats behaved inappropriately, showing sympathy for Nazism and the Ustasa ideology. Among them, a man on the phone of whom the Austrian police retrieved an electronic version of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, “and photographs of people with Nazi insignia, which according to the prosecution showed his sympathies for Nazism”, Balkan Insight read.
Austrian police also found an electronic version of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf on the man’s phone and photographs of people with Nazi insignia, which according to the prosecution showed his sympathies for Nazism.
The five offenders have received suspended sentences.
“The only one of them who has been named,” the news site reports is “Andjelko Bosancic, a member of the governing Croatian Democratic Union party, who was arrested for doing a Nazi salute”.
Alzajeera.com has written that according to its critics “Bleiburg is used as a rallying cry and platform by neo-fascist and far-right groups in Croatia.”
In April this year, before the event was held (traditionally taking place in May), the prefect of the region called Carinthia, the southernmost Austrian state, wanted to ban the event.
Bože Vukušić, the secretary general of the Honorary Bleiburg Platoon had said for the 2018 commemorative ceremony that “the controls will be stricter than ever this year. State Attorney and Judges will also be there. Anyone who commits a criminal offence will be detained, while those who commit a misdemeanour will be immediately punished and expelled from Austria.”…. / IBNA