Croatia Quizzes Slovenia Over Thompson Concert Ban :: Balkan Insight

Marko Perkovic ‘Thompson’. Photo: Beta

Croatian authorities have sought an explanation from Slovenia about why authorities in the city of Maribor banned a planned concert by the Croatian nationalist singer Marko Perkovic “Thompson“.

Maribor authorities acted on the proposal of the Slovenian police who on Monday claimed information “which indicates an increased security risk due to the danger that the concert will be used to carry out criminal offences”.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday that the ban on Saturday’s concert looked “in no way good” to him.

“This morning … we urged our ambassador Vesna Terzic in Ljubljana to inquire what this is about, and to inform us of the reasons for the ban on the concert. I don’t know what the reasons might be,” he said.

Croatia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said that, along with the embassy in Ljubljana, it was in contact with the Slovenian authorities “to ensure equal treatment of Croatian citizens in their business activities in the Republic of Slovenia, and, therefore, in this particular case.

“Bearing in mind that the decision to hold a concert is within the responsibility of the competent authorities of the Republic of Slovenia, the [Foreign] Ministry … will continue to communicate with the Slovenian side in order to avoid similar situations in future,” the ministry concluded.

Luka Djuric, spokesperson of Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, said on Wednesday that the President had spoken to her Slovenian counterpart, Borut Pahor, on the same issue.

She had “conveyed her opinion that music is there to bring people together and that bans are counterproductive,” he added.

In a TV interview on Wednesday, Thompson said the organisers had obtained all the necessary permits months ago and that the sudden ban was “unfair at least, not to say hypocritical”.

He felt disappointed to be accused of promoting fascism, he added.

“It also isn’t fair to Slovenians…

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