Problems have continued in the eastern town of Vukovar with more Cyrillic signs ripped down from official buildings overnight. On Tuesday new dual-alphabet Latin and Serbian Cyrillic were erected on the Croatian Employment Institute in Vukovar, replacing the ones that had been torn down by protestors twice previously. The new sign did not last long however, with protestors tearing it down overnight.
Prime Minister Zoran Milanović meet with protestors last week in Vukovar, where it was agreed that the heavy police presence guarding the controversial signs would be withdrawn. Another meeting is scheduled for Zagreb.
“We can tear down more than they can put up,” one protestor said after the government announced that they will continue to replace any signs which were ripped down.
Six officers were suspended from duty earlier his month for suspicion of being involved in the ripping down the controversial signs. 7 of the 8 dual alphabet signs were ripped off government buildings.
“Croatia must show generosity in victory, and in peace – good faith and will – and respect laws,” said Milanovic earlier.
“I can accept that a number of people are not happy with that (Cyrillic signs). If we want to be a civilised state that protects ethnic minorities and abides by the law, then we must do it (put up dual-alphabet signs) and we will do it,” Milanovic said.