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Xenophobic Rhetoric

Xenophobic Rhetoric The Croatian opposition opposed the official use of the language of the Serb minority in Vukovar.

Despite the generally tolerant attitude of the Croatian authorities, the daily reality is still characterized by xenophobic rhetoric, mainly emanating from opposition politicians seeking to use nationalistic sentiments in certain circles of Croatian society.

On September 2nd leader of the oppositional Croatian Democratic Union Tomislav Karamarko made a statement about the idea of bilingualism in toponymy, which implies the presence of inscriptions in Croatian and Serbian languages in areas densely populated by ethnic Serbs: “Such printings should appear only where they promote cooperation and understanding between the Croatian majority and Serbian minority. At the moment this is not happening. The government merely annoys people and insults their feelings”.

Deputy Chairman of the Croatian Council (parliament) and a member of the Presidium of the CDU Zeljko Reiner on December 2nd said that his party is against same-sex marriage and are for “respect for traditional values of the people and the state”. According to him adding the provisions about marriage to the Constitution will not cause discrimination of anyone's rights. The politician expressed dissatisfaction with agitation, which was carries out by defenders of LGBT rights, calling it “a big political game”.

On December 20th, the Croatian Parliament only because of the protests of one of the coalition parties - the Croatian Democratic Union of Slavonia and Baranja (HDSSB) - could not accept amendments prohibiting running a referendum on topics that, among other things, “refer to limit or reducing human rights and fundamental freedoms”.

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