Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has vowed tough punishment for random acts of violence, in the wake of a spate of ethnically motivated attacks.
Last Sunday five seasonal workers were badly beaten by a gang of young men in Supetar, on the island of Brač. The attackers had asked who among them was a Serb. The Prime Minister condemned the attack on Thursday and urged all institutions to fight against this kind of violence.
"I think we have to do more with respect to prevention and repressive action against these kinds of acts. There must be tough punishment for such unacceptable, primitive, and barbaric actions. We must also work on changing the social climate, which in some segments of society is highly polarized and increasingly intolerant, which is unacceptable," the Prime Minister said.
On the issue of domestic violence, Interior Minister Davor Božinović presented new measures that would punish police officers who are accused of domestic abuse. Cops who are charged with domestic violence will be suspended from duty immediately, under new police conduct rules.
Justice Minister Dražen Bošnjaković says tougher sentences for violent offenders do exist in the law, but the law prescribes a range and that is where the mindset of those who work in the justice system must change. That, he says, will be a difficult and long process.