March 31, 2008
ZAGREB (AFP) — Some 60,000 people attended a concert Friday in central Zagreb by a controversial Croatian singer known for his sympathies with the country's World War II pro-Nazi regime, police said.
The Croatian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights issued a complaint ahead of the concert by Marko Perkovic "Thompson", especially over a song which starts with a verse used as the salute during the pro-Nazi regime.
Despite the complaint, the concert in Zagreb's main square, organised by veterans of Croatia's 1991-1995 war of independence from the former Yugoslavia, attracted an enthusiastic crowd and Perkovic performed the controversial song.
As usual, Perkovic, 41, was dressed all in black, like the uniform of Croatia's fascist Ustasha regime.
He urged the crowd pray for Mirko Norac, a former general sentenced Friday to seven years in jail over his role in the wartime massacre of Serb civilians and prisoners of war.
Police said there were no incidents during the concert and they noted no displays of banned symbols.
The news website Indixe reported that before the concert a group of youths shouted anti-Serb slogans and songs glorifying the Ustasha regime.