Croatian veterans determined to block roads

ZAGREB, May 8, 2000 -- (AFP) Marinko Liovic, who heads the association of veterans of the 1991-1995 war known as HVIDRA, said in Zagreb on 4 May that his organization will oppose the government's program to fund the return of Serbian refugees.

He stressed that HVIDRA will go ahead with its plans to block roads, ports, airports, and border crossings to make its point, adding that any tourists who want to come to Croatia will have to force their way through the veterans, "Jutarnji list" reported.

Defense Minister Jozo Rados called HVIDRA's plans "horrible" and said that dealing with the protesters will be a matter for the police, "Novi List" reported.

Parliamentary speaker Zlatko Tomcic charged that the veterans want to "sow chaos."

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