A giant papier-mâché effigy of a same-sex couple, holding a doll intended to represent a child, has been burned in front of a large carnival crowd in Croatia.
The carnival took place in the town of Imotski on Sunday. It’s a tradition of the carnival, stretching back 150 years, to burn giant effigies of political figures or others in the news.
The effigies are carried through the town and then set alight. This year’s effigy was followed by a group of kindergarten children on its walk through the streets.
The doll had the face of left-wing Social Democratic Party MP Nenad Stazić. The politician has recently called for laws to allow same-sex couples to foster children.
The effigy featured two men kissing and had a rainbow-colored design on its chest, clearly marking them out as a same-sex couple.
Before the figures went up in flames, an announcer could be heard telling the crowd, “My head is spinning from this culture of death… This year, let’s set this grotesque family with baby Nenad Stazić on fire!”
Defending the stunt, one of the festival’s organizers, Milivoj Djuk of the Bako Ceremony Cultural Society, told Slobodnadalmacija: “We remain conservative, we stick to the tradition. Give your mother a baby, as the saying goes. We think it’s the right thing to do.”
Although same-sex couples are allowed to enter civil partnerships in Croatia, they lack other rights. A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was introduced in 2013 following a referendum and same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt.
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LGBTQ campaigners and allies were outraged by the carnival burning. Croatian MP Arsen Bauk has indicated he will lodge a complaint with the police, while local group The Rainbow Family Association says it intends to file a criminal complaint against the organizers for the crime of public incitement to violence and hatred.
“The frightening scenes from Imotski cannot be justified by carnival customs,” said the association’s coordinator, Daniel Martinovic.
“What kind of message is being sent to our children, children who nowadays in Croatia grow up with their lesbian mothers or gay fathers?
“What message is being sent to children without adequate parental care that it is okay to burn them because an adult cannot understand that someone wants to help them not spend their childhood in the home?”
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Martinovic said that poking fun at powerful political figures is one thing, “but attacking the minority within the minority, and specifically those who want to specifically help the most vulnerable members of our society, abandoned children in homes, is simply unacceptable and horrifying.”
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
Wow, a family burning…..
Someone needs to send cadaver dogs to the properties of those who came up with that idea….
Well, at least they’re not killing each other these days. Jews and Serbs can rest easy for now. Gays are the new target for their hate. All blessed by the church.
I feel sorry for the LGBT”s but most of all for the gay kids who were no doubt terrorized by these thugs.
Don’t forget Muslims.
As a Croatian American this doesn’t surprise me one bit but does fill me with sadness. My majka would be filled with tears to see this if she were alive. Croatia is a beautiful country but unfortunately that isn’t always reflected in its people. Religion often makes monsters out of men.
People are still trashy and this is proof. It doesn’t matter what county. There are a lot of trashy, hateful, ignorant people here in the U.S. Look at Trump and the Trumptards.
The @ssholes who came up with the idea of burning an effigy of a gay family need to explain the following:
Why are there abandoned and orphaned kids in good old “god fearing” Croatia to begin with??
Tell me Mr. “We’re conservative”, who is godlier, the straight couple who abandon their kids, or the gay couple who want to adopt them???
So all you fags having a holiday in third world countries now know how the people think of you.
Go where you and your money are respected.
I didn’t throw bricks in the 80’s for you to end up so stupid!
Croatia is a country of 4 million people, borders Hungary and Slovenia, and is a member of NATO and the EU. It is not a “Third World” country. It’s an allegedly modern but clearly still very homophobic one. People love to trash countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America as homophobic, etc., and many are, but here you have a Central European, supposedly modern country in which people are burning effigies of a gay, leftist politician, and cheering it on as children watch. What is that teaching them?
The moment that politicians grant these rights is the beginning of the fight not the end.
NAZI TRASH LOSERS IN CROATIA.
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