Croatia founded on the anti-fascist struggle


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ZAGREB, June 21, 2022 – Representatives of the Alliance of Antifascist and Antifascist Fighters of Croatia (SABA RH) laid a wreath at the Monument of National Heroes at the Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb on Tuesday, on the occasion of Antifascist Struggle Day, which is observed in Croatia on June 22 as a public holiday.

During the wreath laying ceremony, the leader of the association, Franjo Habulin, said that Croatia and Europe as a union of nations as well as the European Union were founded on the struggle of anti-fascists and their victory over the Nazis and Fascists in the second world. War.

Habulin highlighted June 22, 1941 as an extremely important day when organized resistance was launched in the region of the former Yugoslavia and when the first partisan unit was created in the Brezovica forest near Sisak as the first armed anti-fascist unit in occupied European regions. .

The first spark of resistance was ignited in Croatia, it was here that organized armed resistance was offered to the Nazi-fascist occupation, Habulin said, calling for better education of younger generations about armed resistance in Croatia during the Second World War.

Zagreb Deputy Mayor Luka Korlaet said the legacy of anti-fascism is closely linked to the founding of the city of Zagreb.

During World War II, around 50,000 Zagreb residents took part in the resistance and around 8,000 were killed, he said.

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