The ripples of the revolutions which drove out the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt are spreading outwards. To other Arab countries. But not just Arab countries. To the USA. To Italy. To Georgia. To Albania in the Balkans.
And to Croatia, more to the north in the Balkans.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Riot police fire tear gas at Zagreb protest march
Friday 25 February 2011
Riot police fired tear gas at thousands of anti-government protesters in central Zagreb on Thursday evening to prevent them from from marching to the parliament building.
Around 2,000 youthful marchers, who chanted slogans calling on right-wing Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor’s government to resign, were confronted by a wall of police as they approached St Marc Square where the building is located.
During a tense standoff some protesters threw stones and bottles at police, who used tear gas to disperse people trying to push their way through the cordon.
Police said that eleven protestors had been detained. They were tight-lipped on the number of injured.
Anger at Ms Kosor’s administration is rising amid record unemployment.
Croatia’s economy has contracted for the past two years.
Earlier this month, the number of out-of-work citizens reached an eight-year peak, with 334,378 registered job seekers among a population of 4.4 million.
This video from Croatia says about itself:
Dance community Zagreb- protest reaction-
The Contemporary dance community: PROTEST MEETING at Zagreb City Hall – Office for Education, Culture and Sport (Ilica 25) on February 22nd from 10:00 till 12:00 under the name:
Lets spend a day in the Office for Education, Culture and Sport!
The Croatian contemporary dance community entered Zagreb City Hall Office for Education, Culture and Sport (Gradski ured za obrazovanje, kulturu i šport), Ilica 25, on Monday, February 22nd.at 10:00 a.m. and used its premises for a series of protest actions till 12:00 h.
This peaceful protest is a direct reaction to the City Council’s dramatically huge and disproportional reduction of the financial support for the contemporary independent dance scene.
We express our deep disappointment about these dangerous decisions that strongly harm the dance community and endanger immediately many current productions. The decisions of the City Council threaten the contemporary Croatian dance scene in its core if there is no change in policy, contemporary dance in Croatia will not survive till the next budget decisions in 2011.
The action PROTEST let us spend a working day in the Office for Education, Culture and Sport is collectively organized by members of UPUH (Society of Croatian Dance Artist) and PULS (Society of Professional Dance Artists).