President Zoran Milanović (Photo: Robert Anic/PIXSELL) President Zoran Milanović (Photo: Robert Anic/PIXSELL)

President Zoran Milanović called it a shameful act. Through social networks he said that the symbolic burning of the effigy of a same gender couple with a child was a deplorable, inhumane and unacceptable act under the guise of carnival celebrations.

"The organizers deserve the sharpest condemnation of the public, because hate towards those that are different, intolerance and inhumanity are not and will not be a Croatian tradition," said Milanović.

Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković also condemned the event that took place at the carnival in Imostki.

“This is a case of representatives from a certain minority and for me it is unacceptable that those who belong to a certain minority group of any kind are treated in this manner,” said Jandroković.

The ombudswoman for gender equality Višnja Ljubičić has announced that she will file criminal charges with the state attorney's office.

“We believe that a violent act is in question. We sharply condemn this incident that sends an inhumane message. In fact it has nothing to do with national traditions,” said Ljubičić.  

The Rainbow Families association has announced that it will file criminal charges against the organizers of the carnival in Imotski.

“Two years ago we watched how a rainbow flag was burned along with a picture book by Rainbow Families in Kaštela, this year a gay couple was burned that wants to help an abandoned child. We are interested to find out what really has to happen for institutions to finally react,” said organization coordinator Danijel Martinović.

Source: HRT