ZAGREB – ‘Pure theatre’

After MEP Ivan Vilibor Sincic unloaded a load of watermelons from a van in front of the government house in an attempt to bring attention to the difficulties facing Croatian farmers, Agriculture Minister Marija Vuckovic called the performance “pure theatre”.

While throwing the fruit, Sincic said “hundreds of thousands of other watermelons and other fruit and vegetables will be destroyed this year,” because of imported products, often of a poorer quality, flooding Croatia’s market and systematically destroying domestic production.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic commented on the incident during the cabinet meeting and called on the interior ministry to check the security plan in front of government house “because it could have been something other than watermelons.”

Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic on Thursday commented that “this certainly is not a good picture, above all of politicians and parliamentarians who express their political opinion in this manner.”

“We are a democratic country, however, rules have to be obeyed in a democracy,” he added. (Karla Junicic |

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