Zagreb Residents Protest Against Mayor from Their Windows

By 4 April 2020

ZAGREB, April 4, 2020 - Residents of Zagreb came to their windows and balconies on Friday evening and banged at their pots and pans and blew whistles in protest at how Mayor Milan Bandić was running the city in the present situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the March 22 earthquake.

The protest was initiated by a civil society group called "Zagreb Is Calling You", who called on residents to come to their windows and balconies at 7pm and express their anger for five minutes at how the mayor was handling the crisis. The group said that the mayor was not up to the task.

"His arrogance and impertinence have reached a culmination. In these difficult times when volunteers, associations and initiatives are working round the clock to help their city, the quasi-mayor is turning his back on them," the protest organisers said.

"We hope that both he and the government hear us because in a time of crisis they can remove the mayor from office. Step down, you're guilty, we've had enough! You're the worst disaster that has ever hit Zagreb," they said.

The initiative was supported by opposition councillors and architects through videos posted on social media.

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