Thousands of right-wing nationalists protest in Croatia



<pThousands of nationalists have rallied in Croatia alleging that the government is not doing enough to punish Serb war criminals from the war in the 1990s.

<pThe protest Saturday in the eastern town of Vukovar reflects a recent rise in right-wing sentiments in Croatia, which joined the European Union in 2013.

<pVukovar was demolished in attacks by the Serb-led Yugoslav army during the 1991-1995 war in Croatia that killed at least 10,000 people. The conflict erupted after Croatia declared independence from the former Yugoslavia, triggering a rebellion by minority Serbs.

<pThe protesters in Vukovar say people who committed war crimes are still walking around freely. Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava says "we have failed as a state."

<pCroatian media say conservative Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic faces pressure from right-wing hardliners in his ruling Croatian Democratic Union party.