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I CARE - - Austrians Seek to Ban Croatian WWII Commemoration

18.5.17

I CARE - - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: The Austrian state of Carinthia is being urged to ban a Croatian event at Bleiburg commemorating defeated Nazi collaboration forces and civilians killed by the Yugoslav Partisans in 1945.

11/5/2017- A total of 21 political organisations, rights NGOs and anti-fascist groups have called on the local authorities in the Austrian state of Carinthia to ban Saturday’s annual commemoration of the Croatian collaboration forces and civilians who were captured and killed in 1945, Austrian national broadcaster ORF reported on Wednesday. “The gathering in memory of the [Croatian WWII Nazi-aligned movement] Ustasa state has become the largest neo-Nazi congregation in Europe,” the petitioners wrote in their letter to Carinthia’s Prime Minister Peter Kaiser on Wednesday. Karl Oellinger, an MP from Austria’s Greens party, said that the Bleiburg commemoration represents “the largest meeting of revisionists, neo-Nazis and followers of a fascist state”.


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