Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center dismissed as “utterly ridiculous” charges leveled today by Tomislav Dragan, president of the extremist HUP (Croatian Cultural Movement), who officially asked the Croatian Minister of the Interior for police protection, claiming that his life was being threatened by the Center’s chief Nazi-hunter, Israel director Dr. Efraim Zuroff in the wake of his intention, announced this past Monday, to erect a monument in Zagreb to commemorate Croatia’s World War II fascist Ustasha leader mass murderer Ante Pavelić. In a statement issued today in Jerusalem by Zuroff, the Center called Dragan’s accusations “a product of a sick mind and a cheap publicity stunt.”
According to Zuroff:
“If anyone needed proof that Dragan and his movement have lost all touch with reality, today’s baseless accusations clearly show that the extreme right in Croatia as represented by HUP are the propagators of the worst type of sick fantasies. In fact, if anyone really needs protection in Croatia today, it is the rest of Croatian society, who should be spared the embarrassment of having to explain that Dragan and his group in no way represent their country.”
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