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article imageCroatia man's 'Way of the Cross' protest against military jets

By AFP     Apr 5, 2018 in World

A Croatian man walked 200 kilometres (130 miles) carrying a heavy wooden cross on his back to protest the country purchasing military jets when, he claimed, it did not have enough money for seriously ill children's medication.

Sasa Pavlic embarked on the symbolic "Way of the Cross" march, evoking Jesus's procession, with the 20-kilogramme (45-pound) cross in the northern port of Rijeka on Saturday, the day before Easter.

Pavlic arrives in Croatian capital Zagreb on Thursday after embarking on his symbolic "Way of t...
Pavlic arrives in Croatian capital Zagreb on Thursday after embarking on his symbolic "Way of the Cross" march in the northern port of Rijeka on Saturday
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"I carry it for all the children and their parents who are told that there is no money for medical treatment, while there are billions of kunas for jets," he said, referring to the local currency.

Croatia's government decided earlier this month to buy a squadron of F-16 fighter jets from Israel to modernise the country's military -- a deal worth 390 million euros ($480 million).

Pavlica says he was not motivated to march by personal reasons  as he does not have a child requirin...
Pavlica says he was not motivated to march by personal reasons, as he does not have a child requiring expensive medication
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Dozens of well-wishers, including children and the parents of seriously ill children, greeted Pavlic as he arrived at a square in front of the main government building in capital Zagreb on Thursday.

"I delivered the message and my job is completed," Pavlic said after meeting Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Dozens of well-wishers  including children and the parents of seriously ill children  greeted Pavlic...
Dozens of well-wishers, including children and the parents of seriously ill children, greeted Pavlic as he arrived in Zagreb on Thursday
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Pavlic, a 43-year-old small business-owner, said he was not motivated by personal reasons, as he does not have a child requiring expensive medication.

Nearly 90 percent of Croatia's 4.2 million people are Roman Catholics and the Church plays an important role in society.

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