Serbian turbo folk diva Svetlana Ceca Raznatovic may not get permission to perform in Croatia out of fear that her concert could turn violent.
The Croatian police considers the event "high-risk" and may decide to ban the concert. Zagreb city administrators, the owners of Zagreb's Maksimir stadium where the concert would take place, say they would not oppose Ceca's performance as long as the Ministry of the Interior gives the event the green light.
Raznatovic was married to Zeljko Raznatovic "Arkan," notorious leader of Serbian paramilitary forces indicted by International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) for crimes committed during the war in former Yugoslavia (1991-1995). He was killed in 2000.
In the controversy surrounding the concert, Ceca has managed to do something no one has done before - to unite the Croatian far-right and left in opposition, the daily Jutarnji List writes.
Milanka Opacic from the left-wing Social Democratic Party (SDP) said that her first reaction to learning about the possible concert was that Croatia's standards are dropping.
"I think that we must take into consideration the music she sings, but also the fact of who her husband was," Opacic said. The head of the far-right Croatian Party of Rights (HSP) said the party would protest if the concert receives a go ahead. The majority conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) did not comment, the daily writes.
Ceca is planning a concert at Zagreb’s Maksimir as part of the Balkan tour for her upcoming album.
source: croatian times