Tens of thousands of people have staged a protest against plans to introduce street signs written in the Cyrillic alphabet for the minority ethnic Serbs of Vukovar, a Croatian town ravaged by Serb rebels at the start of the 1990s war. Sunday’s protest drew some 25,00 people, many of them veterans of Croatia’s 1991-95 war.
Some Croats see the Serbian script as a reminder of the suffering of the country during fighting against the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army and Serbian militias during the 1991-95 war of independence, the Reuters news agency reported. Wearing their wartime uniforms, the protesters demanded that Vukovar – a martyr town that has become a symbol of the war – be exempted from a law requiring the use of Cyrillic where Serbs make up at least one-third of an urban population.
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