Prime Minister Andrej Plenković laid a wreath at the memorial plaque on the government building in Zagreb commemorating the rocket attack via air raid conducted by the Yugoslav People's Army that took place on today's date 28 years ago.
Plenković said that the attack marked a turning point in the process of Croatia gaining independence from the communist state of Yugoslavia, which was expedited the very next day. Croatia now celebrates that date, October 8th, as Independence Day - a national holiday.
"Fortunately, the state leadership survived the attack, which was followed by the key and definitive decision at a secret session of Parliament to sever all constitutional and legal ties with the structures of the former state," he said.
"This day is also important in terms of respect for the Homeland War, Croatian defenders, the country's first president Franjo Tuđman, the clear and expressed will of the Croatian people in the independence referendum, our eventual international recognition, and the fact that Croatia became an international entity," the prime minister told reporters.
The prime minister also commented on reverting Statehood Day back to May 30th, as had previously been the case when on that day in 1990 the first post-Communist multi-party Parliament was constituted. Meanwhile, since 2002, Statehood Day has been celebrated on June 25th, the day Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia back in 1991.
Plenković said proposed changes to the law on state holidays would be presented to coalition partners on Wednesday, while discussions on the same issue are set to continue during the government's regular cabinet session on Thursday.
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