Serb leader in Croatia receives death threatsSource: Tanjug
ZAGREB -- The Independent Democratic Serb Party club in the Croatian parliament received an email containing insults aimed at members of the Serb national minority.
The message, sent last week, also included death threats sent to the party's whip and deputy leader, Milorad Pupovac.
Pupovac told Hina news agency over the phone that he received a threatening letter and reported to the police about it, adding, however, that he will not seek police protection.
“This is my city and I wish to live in it normally together with my fellow citizens,” he said.
Pupovac believes that the cause for the increase in the number of offensive and threatening letters is an “anti-minority and anti-Serb atmosphere in Croatia, which has as a result the growth in the number of people who feel they can do such things with impunity.”
Hina said that the whip of the National Minority Club, representing the Bosniak minority, Nedžad Hodžić, also received a letter with insulting and vulgar contents recently, and it was read before the parliamentary plenum by Pupovac.
"The HQ for Defense of Croatian Vukovar," an organization fighting against official use of Serbian Cyrillic script in Croatia, said Friday that they have so far collected more than 650,000 signatures to hold a referendum on amending the Constitutional Law on the Rights of National Minorities.
The aim of the referendum is to raise the threshold for the use of Cyrillic "from 30 to 50 percent of the national minority population in local communities."
Croatian politicians, including the head of the opposition Croatian Democratic Union, Tomislav Karamarko, pleaded against the referendum seeking to limit the rights of national minorities.