Zagreb Marks Vukovar Remembrance Day

Zagreb marked the Vukovar Remembrance Day which is titled “I’ll tell you one more thing, don’t forget Vukovar”, today. On the 17th of November, a day before the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar (the 18th of November), at the crossing of the Vukovar street and Hrvatska bratska zajednica, citizens lit their candles. Vukovar street in Zagreb, as well as all the eponymous streets around Croatia, are glowing today for all the people who were killed in the Croatian Homeland War, in this city in Slavonia.

For those who don’t know…

The Battle of Vukovar was an 87-day siege of Vukovar in eastern Croatia by the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA), supported by various paramilitary forces from Serbia, between August and November 1991. Vukovar was defended by around 1,800 lightly armed soldiers of the Croatian National Guard (ZNG) and civilian volunteers, against 36,000 JNA soldiers and Serb paramilitaries equipped with heavy armour and artillery. During the battle, shells and rockets were fired into the town at a rate of up to 12,000 a day. When Vukovar fell on 18 November 1991, several hundred soldiers and civilians were massacred by Serb forces and at least 31,000 civilians were expelled from the town and its surroundings.[10][11] Most of Vukovar was ethnically cleansed of its non-Serb population and became part of the self-declared Republic of Serbian Krajina.