“This speech by Janković was the most disgusting thing I have heard from a politician since independence,” wrote one of the users on Twitter. Her note was a comment on the speech of the mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković, who used the commemoration on Remembrance of the Death for a political reckoning, which was quite verbally aggressive. This expression of empathy on the part of Janković, who is still being asked by the Commission for Graveyards to bury those who died from the discovered burial grounds in Žale, is quite hypocratic.
At the Day of the Dead ceremony, Zoran Janković shamelessly indulged in a political reckoning with a clear ideological sign, when in the memorial to the fallen victims on St. Urh in his (hostile) address, he drew a sharp line between partisans and, as he put it, domestic traitors. He also used the speech to criticise Dr Anže Logar and expressed his intention to support Nataša Pirc Musar in the presidential elections. Although she is a big opponent of any hate speech, she happily applauded Janković’s words.
“But what Janković indulged himself in today at the commemoration is too much. Of course, all leftists present, including Kučan and Nataša Pirc Musar. Total defilement of the dead, all the dead. A disaster,” wrote a horrified Twitter user. His comment was one of many that responded to the shameless and rather hateful speech of the Ljubljana mayor, who used the sad day of Remembrance of the Death to spread hate speech and announce support for his favourite Nataša Pirc Musar in the elections. “This is how the mayor of ‘all Ljubljana’ speaks publicly about presidential candidates and Slovenian politics?!?” responded Edvard Kadić, a communication expert. In the comments, many people wonder whether the men and women of Ljubljana will re-elect Janković as mayor despite his verbally aggressive address, which was strongly ideologically coloured.
During his speech, he emphasised that the day is dedicated “to the memory of the unnecessary victims who were slaughtered and killed by local traitors together with the occupier, they wanted to live on their land, speak their language but they had a home guard as their neighbour”, this was his harsh political messages with reference to the recent parliamentary elections, which he said “showed the dark forces, those who want to reshape history, that they have no place in the government”. It is clear that their dark ideological beliefs are their guide, the same applies to the former president of the Republic of Slovenia Milan Kučan, who confirmed the mayor’s address by saying that it is necessary to draw a line between good and evil.
Janković’s words later on were also quite ironic, when he used the ceremony for political reckoning in connection with the upcoming presidential elections, where he found a place to criticise Dr Anže Logar, saying that he “wants to appear as if until yesterday he did not live in one strange party that brings suffering to this homeland, that destroys the public media, that proves justice with tear gas and water cannons”, while he clearly expressed his support to his favourite Nataša Pirc Musar, or, as he said, “to a person whom he himself will vote for, a person who respects human rights, respects the rule of law”. Given that NPM is such a big supporter of a respectful way of communicating, it is quite hypocritical that after the speech of the mayor, who was bursting with hatred, she happily clapped and smiled.
Hypocritic move by Janković
It is even more obvious that Janković’s speech at the ceremony was more of a disguise than a true expression of empathy, given the fact that those who died at the hands of the authoritarian regime in the found Slovenian burial grounds have not been given a decent burial in Žale to this day. We remind you that the Commission of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for solving the issue of hidden graves expressed the expectation that the Republic of Slovenia will continue its efforts to realise the right to a grave and memory for all victims of war and revolutionary violence.
For several years now, the Commission has tried in vain with initiatives to ensure that the victims of this war crime and crime against humanity get their graves in the capital of the Republic of Slovenia. It is precisely with the excavation of the remains of the victims from the abyss below Macesnova gorica that this initiative is all the more justified. The capital city of the country encompasses all extremes of the nation in its symbolic circle.