SEPTEMBER 22 2008 13:42h
The Homeland War was not waged under the sign of the Ustasha regime, but the Croatian checkerboard on the forehead and a rosemary.
PAKOVO SELO, CROATIA – A monument in the shape of a large letter U, known as the Ustasha symbol, was removed this morning in Pakovo Selo village near Drnis. The monument bore the sign reading: “We stood up to defend our home, September 17, 1993, Sandokan unit”, Sibenik-Knin prefect Goran Pauk told a press conference.
As Pauk pointed out, the monument was damaging the dignity of the Croatian Homeland War, and he expects the support of all Croatian defenders and citizens for its removal.
- Things that were not moral and allowed happened under the hard and tough war circumstances, therefore the monument was thus erected in Pakovo Selo in the shape of a letter U, with the Ustasha symbol – said prefect Pauk.
According to the media, about 20 days ago, the Sibenik State Attorney`s Office has started a special investigation as to who had erected this monument, which violates the law on promoting and wearing fascist symbols.
- The Homeland War was not waged under the sign of the Ustasha regime, but the Croatian checkerboard on the forehead and a rosemary around the neck. This was a fair and defensive war – said prefect Pauk. Representatives of Croatian Homeland War associations were notified about the monument being removed.
The Ustasha movement was a movement of Croatian ultra nationalists under protection from Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany before and during World War II.