Croatia marked the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of all Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes today.
In cooperation with the Croatian Veterans' Ministry, the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Arch-diocese, a service was held at the parish church in Gračani and the remains of 294 people, exhumed in the Gračani area, who were killed at the end of World War II and in the post war period, were laid to rest.
“Among the victims there are 63 minors. At least 112 people were killed with a bullet to the head. These bones today, after 74 long years, are finding their peace,” said Veterans Minister Tomo Medved.
“Today's event, like many other events in many other places, confirms not only a totalitarian but also a criminal character of the communist system. We must talk about this, because, like how we condemned the Ustasha regime, just as loudly and clearly we must talk not only about the totalitarian but also the criminal character of communism,” said Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković.
“While in the democratic world Fascism, Nazism and similar regimes were morally and politically condemned, their victims places of death and their graves marked, and numerous guilty people convicted, Communism in Croatia, without a proper and complete condemnation, smuggled its way into democracy. Therefore at this place, I clearly condemn totalitarian regimes, both the Communist and the Ustasha and I clearly condemn Greater Serbian totalitarianism, and its aggression against Croatia,” said President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.
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