Croatia’s radical-right party starts gathering signatures for referendum against COVID passes

Most (Bridge), a party of radical right is gathering signatures at over 1,200 venues across Croatia for a referendum to regulate the work of the national COVID-19 crisis management team and abolish COVID certificates. [Shutterstock / rarrarorro]

Most (Bridge), a party of radical right with a profound relationship with the Catholic Church, is gathering signatures at over 1,200 venues across Croatia for a referendum to regulate the work of the national COVID-19 crisis management team and abolish COVID certificates.

“We have started gathering signatures for this crucial referendum to strip the national COVID-19 team of its powers, restore democracy and abolish unlawful COVID certificates,” the party’s MP Marija Selak Raspudić told a press.

“Stop with stožerokracy”, she said – stožer meaning a crisis management team.

The part of the initiative is to transfer the powers of stožer to Sabor, Croatian parliament. Without explaining how it would work in practice, who will name the decision-making team and whose recommendations will they use – could it be the people from the Croatian Institute of Public Health, authorised by law to act in the case of a public health crisis.

The current crisis management team, ‘stožer’, had a series of dubious decisions – the COVID certificate is needed to enter the Post office, not a nursing home, for instance. It is more than obvious that politician members of the team were to be blamed.

Miro Bulj, member of Most and a mayor of Sinj, a town in the hinterland of the Adriatic coast close to Split, did not allow COVID certificates for entering the municipal offices.

The lack of COVID certificates control is one of the biggest problems in the current pandemic wave. After the introduction of mandatory certificates, the number of infected is declining.

Most MP Nino Raspudić called everybody to join his party “on the last line of defence of democracy and the constitutional order.” (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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