Senior Year Students Perform Nazi Salute, Ministry Condemns Incident

By 26 May 2022
Senior Year Students Perform Nazi Salute, Ministry Condemns Incident
Photo: Ivica Galovic/PIXSELL

ZAGREB, 26 May 2022 - The Science and Education Ministry on Thursday condemned in the strongest terms a case in Slavonski Brod where senior-year students of a local secondary school took a photo of themselves with their right hand raised in the air.

The students posed for a photo with their teacher on the last day of school, wearing camouflage trousers, black berets, and black T-shirts with the message "For muck-up day ready", an allusion to the salute "For the homeland ready", used by Croatia's World War II Nazi-allied Ustasha regime.

The ministry said that it had requested more information on the case from the school and that it would act accordingly, expressing confidence that other competent institutions - the school management, prosecutorial authorities, and police - would do the same.

Incitement to violence and hate is punishable under the laws on public order, public assembly, prevention of violence at sporting events, prevention of discrimination, and the Penal Code, the ministry said.

The senior-year students of the Slavonski Brod Industrial and Craft School posed for a photo with their teacher, who later posted the photo on her Facebook account, the local SB plus news portal reported. The web portal also published also a photo of the school leavers walking in a procession through the city center.

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