Croatian star’s gig sparks outrage
October 31, 2007
SERBIAN and Jewish community leaders are outraged that the social arm of the Melbourne Knights Soccer Club is hosting a concert by a Croatian rock star with a strong following among neo-Nazi sympathisers.
A concert by Marko Perkovic will be hosted by the Knights-affiliated Melbourne Croatia Social Club at the complex on December 28.
Perkovic, Croatia’s top rock star, uses the stage name Thompson, in honour of the American-issued submachinegun of the same name that he carried as a soldier in Croatia’s war of independence against Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.
George Markovic, the publisher of Melbourne’s Serbian Voice newspaper, said the Knights should steer clear of extremist elements.
“People in our community are thinking of the Knights as the Gestapo Club,” Mr Markovic said.
Mr Markovic said Perkovic had been granted visas for previous visits to Australia, while Serb singer Ceca Raznatovic has been denied a visa in 2005. “It’s double standards,” he said.
B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission director Manny Waks said Perkovic’s visit reflected badly on the Knights and the Croatian community. “It is unacceptable,” Mr Waks said.
The Weekend Australian reported on Saturday that Melbourne Knights chairman Matt Tomas had censured his club’s social arm for providing a venue for the October 13 concert by skinhead [that is, bonehead] rock bands.
Mr Tomas yesterday again expressed exasperation at the Croatia Social Club.
“I can understand why people are upset and just wish the social club would focus on its football identity,” he said.
Croatia Social Club committee member [and former Football Federation Victoria VIP] Ivan Skunca said the club was not concerned about outside criticism.
“The Serbs can say what they like. It doesn’t bother us,” Mr Skunca said.
Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said Perkovic had yet to submit a visa application, but it would be carefully considered.
- NB. Stormfront Croatia is moderated by an Australian Croat named, appropriately enough, ‘The Croat’.
See also : Croatian Rock Band Comes to New York, Bringing Controversy Over Nazi Imagery, Fox, October 25, 2007 | Controversial Croatian rock musician who plays nationalist songs to appear in Ohio, AP, International Herald Tribune, October 27, 2007 | Prosecutors and defense launch appeals in 1991 massacre of Croats seized from hospital, AP, International Herald Tribune, October 30, 2007