Plenković says emotionality regarding freedoms in Croatia is not serious
ZAGREB, September 18, 2021 – Commenting on the Freedom Festival rally, which took place in downtown Zagreb on Saturday, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković called the emotionality regarding freedoms in Croatia in the context of death toll from COVID-19 and restrictions in other countries.
“I find the emotionality about freedoms, after so many deaths from COVID-19 and the cost to the health care system, not very serious,” Plenković told reporters during a visit to Vukovar.
Freedom Festival 2.0 organizers said that “most people now realize that COVID-19 has been used for political purposes which include the introduction of a comprehensive set of measures and decisions that cause unprecedented harm to humans and benefit only smaller groups in positions of immense power. “
“COVID-19 has been here for over 20 months, and if there are people who are still unaware of the reality, they should check media reports and credible information to see how many people have died so far. ‘now in the world, including Croatia,’ the prime minister said in a commentary on the Zagreb rally.
He noted that in the past 24 hours, 12 people have died from COVID-19 and only two have been vaccinated, one being a 95-year-old woman and the other a person with serious illness.
“I call on all citizens to be reasonable, responsible, there is protection and I do not see why they would not follow the example of the 52% of Croats who have already been vaccinated,” he said.
He said Croatia has less restrictive anti-epidemic rules than some other countries and the education system, transport, economy, production and social life are working.
Croats were able to go to the cinema, the theater, museums and restaurants, he noted, adding that this was the reason why he considered emotionality regarding freedoms to be low.
I don’t see any reason to protest in Croatia
Even though mass protests are taking place across Europe, including France, Slovenia and Greece, Plenković said he saw no reason to protest in Croatia.
“The diet here was not strict … people were able to go to school, travel by bus, train, go to the cinema, to the theater … What is missing? Discos? I think you can survive without discos for one season, hopefully the last one, “he said, noting that the subject had been exaggerated as there was no reason to criticize the restriction of freedoms in Croatia
Noting that he was not forcing his opinion on anyone, Plenković said that as the responsible prime minister, trusting science, he wanted to repeat that COVID-19 spread easily, that more than 8,300 Croats had died from it. and that the costs of the disease amounted to HRK 36 billion.
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