JUNE 22 2009 17:50h
Croatian President Mesic congratulated the Anti-Fascist Struggle Day to Croatian citizens during the central celebration in Brezovica.
BREZOVICA, CROATIA – The central celebration of the Anti-Fascist Struggle Day was marked in Brezovica, Croatia on Monday, near Sisak where the first Sisak Partisan Unit was established on June 22, 1941 – the first armed anti-fascist unit in World War II.
Many state delegations including that of Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, government representative Jadranka Kosor, Parliament vice president Josip Friscic, as well as the delegation of the Croatian Armed Forces General Staff, the city of Sisak, the Sisak-Moslavina County, the Association of Anti-Fascist Soldiers and Anti-Fascists of Croatia, laid down wreaths are lit candles in front of the monument to the First Sisak Partisan Unit.
The delegations paid respects to all anti-fascists and the first anti-fascist unit in Croatia, as well as Europe in World War II.
Last time as state president
Family Minister Jadranka Kosor
Croatian President Stjepan Mesic congratulated the Anti-Fascist Struggle Day to Croatian citizens during the central celebration in Brezovica, saying that by defending anti-fascism, they were defending democracy and creating a guarantee for a better future.
- Therefore we have to be prepared to resist frequent onsets of historic revisionists and anti-communists who got communism, as an idea, mixed up with Bolshevism as practice and anti-fascism in Yugoslavia as a struggle headed by communists. We have to defend the historic truth – President Mesic said.
He specially emphasised that this was his final address in Brezovica as president, announcing that once his term ends, he would fight against historic revisionist and lies about World War II, Josip Broz Tito and Croatian anti-fascism.
- The support of all Croatian citizens inclined towards democracy is necessary – Mesic said, inviting them to a “joint struggle for the preservation of what is valuable and noble in Croatia”.
- Our country is a young one, it was founded on the Croatian Homeland War of Independence in the fight for freedom and independence. Today`s Croatia has nothing to do with the entity which tarnished the Croatian name during World War II, which was responsible for crimes against Serbs, Jews, Romani, Croats anti-fascists and anyone who was suspected of remotely being different. The so-called Independent State of Croatia [NDH] was not an expression of historic aspirations of the Croatian people and today`s Croatia is not its continuation in any way or its resurrection. The so-called HND was nor independent, nor Croatia, nor a state – Croatian President Stjepan Mesic pointed out.
Deputy Croatian PM and Minister of Family, Veterans and Inter-generational Solidarity Jadranka Kosor addressed the rally. She pointed out that members of the First Partisan Unit were Croatian anti-fascists who committed to the values of anti-fascism, who fought for freedom and democracy, for the dignity of every man and the Croatian people and they deserve respect and permanent remembrance.
- Any form of flirting with symbols and insignia from the time of evil is inacceptable for the Croatian government and is to be condemned, because there is no justification for hatred, intolerance and extremism. There is no goal which can be justified with crime – Kosor said.
She also reminded of the Croatian Homeland War of Independence, as many Croatian veterans laid down their lives for freedom, independence and sovereignty of the Croatian state.
Kosor pointed out that Croatia was “firmly and decisively creating its European future, based on the foundations of anti-fascism and the Croatian Homeland War of Independence”.
The deputy PM added it was “the duty and obligation for evil never to be repeated again and for young generations to be taught that universal values like freedom, peace, democracy and tolerance knew no boundaries or time”.
The Independent State of Croatia (NDH) was a puppet state of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy during World War II (1941-1945).