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Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 4 15:37:20 UTC 2013


Protests Against Cyrillic Signs Continue In Vukovar

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ripped off a wall by Croatian protesters in Vukovar on September
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A sign with Serb Cyrillic script lies on the ground after being ripped off
a wall by Croatian protesters in Vukovar on September 2.

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September 03, 2013
Dozens of Croat war veterans have protested in the Croatian town of Vukovar
against signs that were written in both the Latin and the Cyrillic
alphabets.

The rally on September 3 comes a day after protesters in Vukovar clashed
with police as they destroyed several signs in official buildings.

The Croatian and Serbian languages are similar, but Croats use the Latin
alphabet while Serbs use Cyrillic.

The protesters want Vukovar to be exempted from a law stipulating the use
of Cyrillic in areas where Serbs make up at least one-third of the
population.

Vukovar was devastated by Serbian rebels during Croatia's war for
independence in the 1990s.

The city has been rebuilt but ethnic tensions remain.

Ethnic Serbs make up some 4 percent of Croatia's population of 4.2 million.


Based on reporting by AFP, AP, Reuters, and RFE/RL's Balkan Service
http://www.rferl.org/content/croatia-cyrillic-signs-vukovar-protests/25094642.html?utm_medium=email

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

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