Nazi-style's ideologist monumentsparks outrage in Croatia

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23 August 2004 , ZAGREB - Croatian officials have expressed anger at the erection of a plaque honouring a member of the country's Second World War government, who was executed 50 years ago, media reported Monday. The plaque to Mile Budak, writer, politician and ideologist of the 1941-45 pro-Hitler government, appeared in his home village of Lovinac on Sunday morning, despite earlier protests and warnings from Zagreb officials, including President Stipe Mesic. "It is a provocation aimed at destabilizing the

 23 August 2004

ZAGREB - Croatian officials have expressed anger at the erection of a plaque honouring a member of the country's Second World War government, who was executed 50 years ago, media reported Monday.

The plaque to Mile Budak, writer, politician and ideologist of the 1941-45 pro-Hitler government, appeared in his home village of Lovinac on Sunday morning, despite earlier protests and warnings from Zagreb officials, including President Stipe Mesic.

"It is a provocation aimed at destabilizing the political system. The authorities, particularly local authorities, should react immediately and remove it," the chairman of the Croatian parliament, Vladimir Seks, was quoted as saying.

Prime Minister Ivo Sanader's conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) condemned the appearance of the monument on Sunday, and Mesic's cabinet added that, "in the world it is not usual to erect monuments to traitors and criminals".

"It damages the region, Croatia and its national interests," a HDZ statment said. It had glorified World War II Croatia in the past, but has moved well away from the extreme right under Sanader, the statement said.

A minister in the German-backed 1941-1945 government, Budak was held responsible for the Nazi-style laws, concentration camps, mass executions and the deportation of non-Croats. He was put on trial after the war and executed on July 7, 1945.

DPA

Subject: German news

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