Sandra Benčić, a parliamentary representative of the We can party, spoke with N1 about the column of memory in Vukovar and other political current events in Croatia.
During her interview, Benčić emphasized the importance of finding missing persons from the war and expressed concern about the difficulty people face in closing the past. She also discussed the tradition of throwing wreaths into the Danube on the day after Vukovar’s fall. While she clarified that this is not a substitute for SDSS not throwing a wreath, it is meant to honor all civilian victims of the war, especially those who have not yet been found.
Benčić also commented on the tensions that arise from various political parties commemorating events differently. She believes that as long as no one is offended, each person and party has the right to commemorate as they see fit. However, she criticized certain political parties for what she considered a “race to the bottom” and expressed disappointment in politicians who work to sow hatred, division, and fear rather than promoting unity.
She also criticized Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s booing at an event organized by Ivan Penava as extremely inappropriate. Additionally, she expressed concern about the uncertain date of elections and criticized Croatia’s current institutions, emphasizing that they are collapsing during Plenković’s time.
Benčić advocated for a change in economic model by turning towards green deindustrialization and creating better-paid jobs in specific industries. Finally, she praised her party for addressing difficult issues such as parent-educator measures and emphasized the importance of policies that focus on improving quality of life.
Overall, Benčić’s comments provide insight into various political current events happening in Croatia and highlights her party’s stance on these issues.