Croatia’s left-wing President, Zoran Milanović, has again criticized the country’s coronavirus measures and media’s scaremongering. The leader stressed that citizens should not be stripped of their fundamental freedoms and blasted their willful obedience.
The president, who served as the country’s Prime Minister from 2011 to 2016, stated that enough Croatians had been vaccinated, despite only 41 percent of the population receiving the injection.
After the introduction of vaccines, I said it and I will say it again… when there are more vaccines than people who want to take them, when there are more doses than people queuing up for them, figuratively speaking… then these restrictions make no sense
During a visit to the University of Zagreb for World Teachers Day, Milanovic chastised people for wearing face masks,
I entered today into a room today and they were all wearing masks. Why are they wearing masks?….What’s the point of wearing a mask then? Why are people, whose average age is 50, wearing a mask? The docility of people… it’s hard to believe sometimes. And the obedience…even at times when one maybe shouldn’t be fully obedient.
The president said that last year’s coronavirus measures were “unconstitutional.” Milanović criticized politicians who stipped citizens of their fundamental rights:
What happened last year was unconstitutional. All those measures which were enacted without a two-thirds supermajority in Parliament. Those are the measures that have infringed on human freedoms, not rights; those were fundamental freedoms, at the level of the right to photosynthesis, really. Those were enacted by Parliament, through a simple majority, and that must never happen again.
Last month, The President accused the media of scaremongering. “People are getting thousands of more serious diseases while we’ve been talking about corona for a year and a half,” he said.
The president slammed foreign media’s reporting on the coronavirus. Milanović singled out left-wing U.S. news outlet CNN, stating: “I wonder every day if I am normal or if they have gone crazy. They spread panic. They do it from the beginning.”
Milanović stated that the media hysteria surrounding the coronavirus is starting to get on people’s nerves. He stressed the importance of his country getting back to normal.