Croatia Alphabet Dispute

February 2, 2013 - 9:31 AM
FILE - The Nov. 10, 1991 file photo shows Serbian residents of the medieval city of Vukovar fleeing with a carriage full of their personal belongings from what remains of their home, which was destroyed during heavy fighting between Yugoslav federal army troops and Croatian security forces. Thousands are expected to join a protest on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 organized by the veteran groups, Vukovar wartime defenders and hardline political parties. Opponents of the Serbian script have been active on Facebook, where one of the postings reads: “The final strike on Vukovar _ Cyrillic!” More than twenty years after it was reduced to rubble in a Serb army siege, Vukovar is testing the Croatian government’s European Union agenda in a former war zone that is to become the bloc’s eastern edge when Croatia joins as 28th member on July 1. War wounds have been revived by the Croatian government bid to introduce Serbian Cyrillic the areas with sizable Serb community _ including Vukovar _ a move that is in line with the EU’s standards for the respect of minority rights, but which has infuriated war veterans and nationalists. (AP Photo/file)