Milanović: The graves will never forgive you!


Croatian singer, Mate Mišo Kovać released a song in late 1991 – “Grobovi Vam nikad oprostite neće” (The graves will never forgive you). “You” was the connotation for Serb rebels that went on a killing spree in Croatia. Quickly, the song became the unofficial anthem for the war in Croatia, and the fall of Vukovar. Whenever I hear the song, I am swept over with emotion, and the disturbing pictures of Vukovar start to roll through my mind.

After months of calling for a meeting, Premier Zoran Milanović met yesterday with the Headquarters for the Defense of Vukovar (Stožer za obranu grada Vukovara) in a last ditch attempt to bring resolution to the controversy of Cyrillic signage in Vukovar.


The 4 hour meeting did not bring much resolution. The president of the Defense of Vukovar, Tomislav Josić, admits that no concrete plans have been made. They took advantage of the 4 hours with the premier, to ‘educate’ him on the current day issues that plague this broken city, and to remind him of the bloodshed taken place 22 years ago. It is unimaginable that ordinary citizens need to educate the premier of Croatia on the biggest tragedy that country has seen in modern day history?!?! If it wasn’t so sad – I’d be laughing.

The Croatian government has been given a 15 day ultimatum for the Cyrillic signs to be replaced with the old Latin only signs. In the meantime, the premier has decided to pull all police personnel that have been safeguarding the signs.

This morning in Vukovar the signs were still up but with no police presence. Many people are disappointed and frustrated with the lack of resolution, but the battle is still not over. Mr. Milanović, the Croatian people will not forgive you and neither will the graves.

Vukovar, 17.10.2013 - Prosvjednici za vrijeme sastanka Milanovica i Stozera za zastitu hrvatskog Vukovara

Dignut će se grobovi
Za pobjede nove
Gdje ste sada sokolovi
Obranimo snove

The graves will rise
For new battles
Where are you hawks
Let’s defend our dreams

(Marko Perkovic Thompson – 2013)

5 thoughts on “Milanović: The graves will never forgive you!

  1. What really astounds me about the Croatian government is their utter stubbornness when it comes to listening to the public they represent. They’re right, we’re all wrong and we should shut up and leave them to it because they know what’s good for us. Honestly, their behaviour is so communistic in nature, it’s scary. I would’ve liked this meeting to be a step forward, but given the government’s stubbornness and refusal to actually listen and them implement solutions based on what veterans want, I doubt anything will come out of this.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more Kat. It’s more of a publicity thing for Milanovic to have this meeting. And it doesn’t help that he so arrogant. Thanks for reading my blog. Where do you live? Cheers 🙂

      • He’s doing it just so he can say “see, I met with these people and they’re still not happy, it’s not me, it’s them!”.

        Thank you for writing this blog, next to Ina’s, it’s become an instant favourite. I am currently living in Australia.

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