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Slovenian City Bans Concert by Notorious Croat Singer

Marko Perkovic Thompson’s highly charged lyrics have been used to justify concert bans in at least five countries.

18 May 2017

Croatian singer Marko Perkovic Thompson is blaming remnants of Yugoslav communism for the cancellation of his concert in the Slovenian city of Maribor.

 

Thompson, notorious for songs about Croatia’s wartime fascist regime, was scheduled to perform in the city’s festival hall Saturday, until city officials banned the concert yesterday on the advice on police, Balkan Insight reports.

 

Police said there was a risk that “individuals will come from places where concerts by this musician were banned in order to carry out criminal offences.”

 

 

Concerts by Thompson in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have been prohibited in recent years, as well as in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, and the Croatian town of Pula.

 

Maribor police said radical fans might arrive from Croatia and Austria, where tickets to the concert were sold, and there was also the risk of clashes between fans and local protesters, Total Croatia News reports, citing 24sata.hr.

 

The offices of Slovenian President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister Miro Cerar said the officials rejected hate speech and events that spread it.

 

“The attacks are coming mostly from the remains of the Yugoslav Communist regime, which still has a strong influence in Croatia and in Slovenia,” Thompson said. “The worldview which I promote in my songs is contrary to theirs, and they are trying in every way to present me as a villain.”

 

According to Reuters, the singer rejects the charge that his songs glorify the Nazi-installed Ustasha regime in Croatia.

 

 

 

  • The singer has been known to wear black clothing reminiscent of the Ustasha army uniform.

 

  • His nickname Thompson recalls the Thompson submachine gun, or “Tommy gun,” a weapon he used during Croatia’s war of independence in the early 1990s, Reuters says.

Compiled by Ky Krauthamer

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