Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Wednesday he would not allow Croatia to be labelled as a country of anarchy, disorder, and distrust in public authorities.
The Prime Minister made the remark in parliament during Question Time after Social Democrat Party leader Davor Bernardić said a recent triple murder in Split reflected a lack of public trust in institutions, which he said was Croatia's huge problem.
“Our citizens have reason to be bitter and to take the side of those who take justice into their own hands - which is not good - because they see that the institutions that are supposed to protect them cannot guarantee that service,” Bernardić said, asking Plenković what was being done to stop the chaos, disorder and lawlessness.
"Such a generalization doesn't hold water," Plenković responded, adding that statistics showed Croatia was among the safer EU member states.
He accused Bernardic of taking the Split case out of context, "It's as though you are showing understanding for an attempt at anarchy, for taking justice into one's own hands."
"The government and state institutions won't allow that. There will be no anarchy in Croatia," Plenković continued, adding that the police had undertaken many operations which resulted in arrests and indictments against many criminal groups.
In Split-Dalmatia County alone, there have been 1,823 narcotics seizures, he said, adding that the police solved last weekend's triple murder in a matter of hours. He agreed that institutions must be made better and this included stepping up prevention efforts.
Bernardić agreed that people were taking justice into their own hands was a bad thing, but insisted that Plenković did not say what was being done to prevent it and that, therefore, one could conclude that "nothing was being done."
"People feel unsafe with good reason. Your four-year term can be summed up with two words, chaos, and corruption," Bernardić said.
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