Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Sanader in Jasenovac

After President Stipe Mesić (Stipe Mesic) who broke the ice few years ago and ex-Communist former prime minister Ivica Račan (Ivica Racan) who grudgingly followed his example trying to win some votes, current prime minister Ivo Sanader has visited Jasenovac Memorial Complex today. His visit, in honour of successful restoration of monument by Bogdan Bogdanović (Bogdan Bogdanovic) was so far the most radical gesture of HDZ leaders distancing themselves and modern Croatia from Ustasha past. It was also opportunity for Croatian media to use different approaches towards that painful and controversial subjects.

State television emphasised those parts of Sanader's speech in which he lambasted "crimes of the past" and made them "unacceptable for Europe". Nova TV, private television that sometimes panders to right-wing crowd, told only about Sanader debunking Serb myth of "700 thousands Serbs killed in Jasenovac".


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