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Rally in Zagreb calls for better help for war veterans


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Rally in Zagreb calls for better help for war veterans

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Hundreds have marched in Zagreb, Croatia, to highlight concern about the plight of former soldiers and their families not receiving enough help from the state.

Organisers say 3,000 veterans have committed suicide in the past 20 years and they accuse the state of being responsible.

Marchers wore black shirts with white crosses to represent those who have died.

War veteran Marko Rados said: “People who have done that (committed suicide), did not do it because of their material right but because society, which doesn’t care, made them do it.”

Djuro Glogoski from the Fully Disabled Homeland War Veterans Association said: “We have invited everyone, but as far as I can see there is no one here who is responsible for this. It looks like they don’t care about the fact that a veteran’s life is lost every three days to suicide.”

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