Sunday, June 17, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) celebrated the 23rd anniversary of its foundation. I, too, remember the months that followed as branches of HDZ began springing up from June 1989 in many cities and towns outside Croatia where Croatian émigrés lived. It was a national movement, a peoples’ movement with the plight for Croatian freedom, independence from oppressive communist Yugoslavia and rule of democracy.
I, too, was a proud trooper (from Australia) for Croatian independence; the energy and enthusiasm for Croatian independence and democracy were often exhausting – but so worthwhile. I wanted the people of Croatia to have the freedom and democracy I had grown to respect and enjoy since my childhood.
And today, 23 years after HDZ stood up against communism I look back with immeasurable pride.
Of course, HDZ made mistakes and some individuals within it acted shamefully and corruptively but its successes outweigh the…
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