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New memorial day to remember victims of communism

Croatian Times

Croatian government has suggested an addition of another memorial day to commemorate the victims of communist and fascist regimes.

From now on 23 August is to be marked as the "European Day of remembrance of victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes," daily Jutarnji List writes.

The government has sent its recommendation for urgent parliamentary procedure. It explains that the new memorial day is in accordance with the European practice that marks 23 August as the day of remembrance of victims of Stalinism and Nazism.

Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression agreement referred to as Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact on that day. The agreement contained a protocol that divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence.

Although the name of the new memorial does not specify "victims of communist crimes", the Croatian government has sent a clear message that the new remembrance day refers primarily to them, daily Jutarnji List writes.

The Minister of Public Administration Davorin Mlakar reminded of parliament's declaration (on 30 June 2006) in which it convicts crimes committed during the totalitarian communist regime in Croatia from 1945 to 1990 and which states that communist regimes that ruled large parts of the Old World in the last century, were marked "without exception, by mass violations of human rights."

With the new memorial day, Croatia will join other European countries that remember the crimes committed by authoritarian regimes, the Croatian government has said.

The day will be marked with the laying of wreaths at Oltar domovine (Homeland Altar).

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