Friday, 6 August 2021

WEAA Black Lives Matter Croatia Report: TCN Helping American Colleagues

August 7, 2021 - Professor David Marshall arrived in the City of Zagreb to do a WEAA Black Lives Matter Croatia report and TCN reporter Ivor Kruljac meet up with him, providing on-record statements and research assistance as TCN partner up with WEAA to bring this story to the American public.

''So this is the statue of King Tomislav, our first Croatian King,'' I said to the visiting American when we arrived at Zagreb's ''Tomislavac'' (King Tomislav Square). He ruled back during the 10th century and he reigned over the biggest territory that encompassed today's Croatia, as well as what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina.''

''How did you say you pronounce his name?'' asked me the American.

''Tomislav'' I repeated, noticing he had a bit of an issue pronouncing the name, so I broke it down the best way imaginable.

''So, it's Tomi, you know like the name Tommy, and slav, like slavs, as in Slavic people, so its Tomislav,''

''So... Tomi-slav?'' he asked.

''Exactly. Basically, he's a Slavic Tommy,'' I added.

''Slavic Tommy! I love it!,'' said our American visitor to the capital. tcn_reporter_ivor_kruljac_with_prof_marshall.jpg

 Professor David Marshall with TCN reporter Ivor Kruljac in Zagreb

Croatia: Expressing solidarity and understanding global problems

Dr. David Marshall is Professor and Chair of the Department of Strategic Communication in the School of Global Journalism & Communication (SGJC) at Morgan State University in Baltimore, USA.

He worked on an assignment for WEAA, a radio station that, under the slogan ''Voice of the community'', brings its audience a programme of jazz, gospel, reggae, and public affairs. In the sea of many interesting issues WEAA covers, they collaborate with Morgan State University on a project entitled ''WEAA on assignment''. One of these assignments takes a look at the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement around the world, which brought professor Marshall to Croatia.

With TCN writing about the 2020 protest in Zagreb in support of BLM triggered by the horrible death of George Floyd which shocked the world, it was only logical to partner up with WEAA on their story in Croatia. Check it out yourself in the video below:


The BLM movement in Croatia may come as a bit of a shock to those who know that Croatia is the most racially pure caucasian country in the entire world (with 99.3% of the population being ethnic Croats). That said, the country still has a black community.

With Total Croatia News being totally about Croatia, we even covered what it's like for black people living in Croatia and listed some unfortunate incidents that black people have experienced in the country. For example, the case of Nigerian students that participated in World InterUniversities Championships who were exiled from Zagreb to Bosnia, as they were thought to be refugees, or the case of two black members of the US Air Force that were attacked at a Nightclub in Zadar (with police reports stating that they were not attacked because of their race, but rather because they were twerking in the club, and attackers thought they were gay, which is just as awful).

Thus, the BLM support protest in Zagreb wasn't just about global solidarity, but about associating the injustice and discrimination in the US with the discrimination in Croatia. Homophobia and the questionable treatment of refugees seeking asylum in Croatia being the most widely known issues of discrimination and inequality here.

Croatia: Full of news stories 

As TCN continues to cover Croatia in the most total sense possible, encompassing both the good and the bad, we were honoured to be recognised by WEAA and we were more than glad to able to assist them in their reporting. If you yourselves are journalists and reporters coming to Croatia to cover a story, don't hesitate to contact us, and we will help as much as we can. The best way to reach us is via e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., but you can also contact us through Facebook.  

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Black Lives Matter Protest Held in Zagreb

June. 9, 2020 - A protest was held on Tuesday in Zagreb against police violence and racism, expressing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racist protests taking place across the United States over the death of unarmed African-American George Floyd.

"We refuse to participate in the policy of destroying life. We want to be part of the policy of solidarity, the fight for freedom and economic equality and a society that condemns all forms of violence and racist expression and the imposition of supremacy," the initiative said, as reported by

About 400 protesters expressed their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racist protests in the United States, which many already call the largest human and civil rights movement in history.

Anka Mrak Taritaš was also at the protest.

"I am glad that a lot of young people gathered today to protest against racism in Zagreb," she wrote on her Facebook page.

Protests around the world are taking place after unarmed African-American George Floyd was killed on May 25 in the American city of Minneapolis.

Floyd died after asphyxiation from sustained pressure by the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd's neck.

Protesters knelt in support, and silently paid tribute to all those whose lives were "suffocated and extinguished by racism." The banners had inscriptions such as "stop injustice to minorities in Croatia", "only love", "we are all equal" and shouted George Floyd's name several times, and at one point protesters sang Oliver Dragojevic's song "Believe in Love".

The initiative also wanted to emphasize the fact that "racist policies are present in America, and thus in Europe".

"We are witnessing the criminalization of brown and black lives on our borders, unprecedented violence perpetrated by the Croatian police at the borders and deep into the territory of Croatia. Systemic racism is a feature of our society and is most evident in relations with migrants," said the Initiative.

HND President Hrvoje Zovko, SDSS President Milorad Pupovac, Zagreb SDP President Gordan Maras, Glas President Anka Mrak Taritaš and members of the Možemo platform Tomislav Tomašević, Sandra Benčić and Rada Borić came to express their support for the protest.

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