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Večernji list - Croatia | 30/10/2014

Croatia's veterans plotting against government

Around 200 Croatian war veterans set up camp outside the Ministry of Veterans' Affairs eleven days ago and are demanding the resignation of the veterans' minister. They accuse his assistant of giving Croatian veterans the same status he gave Serb soldiers. The country's social democratic Prime Minister Zoran Milanović addressed the nation on this matter for the first time on Monday in an attempt to calm the situation. If the veterans reject this peace offer it will be clear what they really want, the conservative daily Večernji List comments: "The message is that he respects the veterans, appreciates their sacrifices and in no way questions their right to material assistance. ... With that he has made it clear that the veterans' status is not under threat. Now it is obvious that their protests are motivated by [party] politics. That's a legitimate cause. The veterans are naturally free to attempt to install a certain political option in government. But this should be expressed in elections. We'll be in deep trouble if this dispute is fought out on the streets."

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