Respects were paid today for those killed in the local police station in Dalj on August 1st, 1991, during the greater Serbian aggression against Croatia at the beginning of the Homeland War with a procession of flags, wreath lying, lighting of candles and holy mass in Dalj.
The tragic massacre of 20 police officers, 15 members of the National Guards Corps and four members of civil protection, was only survived by Josip Čičak.
“We were attacked by a force, practically the entire Novi Sad Corps from Serbia, so that we had no chance, but on the other hand we didn't want to surrender. Later when tanks hit us with three grenades, we had no chance. I managed to get out, at the other end of the police station,” said Čičak.
Along with numerous delegations, Interior Minister Davor Božinović also paid his respects.
“Let us never miscalculate, that these tragic deaths, had their unique and crucial role in the further development of the situation, events and result of the Homeland War. At the same time, the Dalj tragedy is another reminder of the role of the Croatian police at the beginning of the war,” said Božinović.
Four members of Stipe Kovčalija's family were killed in the attack, and after 29 years he says that it is important to know who was defending the Homeland.
“Life must be normalized, we have to have coexistence, but it's not fair to equate those that attacked us, and us who defended our land and our homes,” said Kovčalija.
To this day no one has been prosecuted for the crime in Dalj.