Marshal Tito Square in Zagreb


By Contested Histories Initiative

The Republic of Croatia Square in Zagreb has been renamed numerous times since the 20th century. Although its geographical place name sometimes referred to it, it was most well-known as the Square of Marshal Josip Broz Tito, the leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After Croatia’s independence in 1991, the perception of the communist era and Tito’s legacy began to change and aroused controversy. Since 2006, the group Circle for the Square has organised regular protests to urge city officials to rename it. In 2017, Milan Bandić, the former mayor of Zagreb, promised to conduct a referendum on the issue. However, shortly after this proposition, he agreed to rename the square as a part of a political compromise with the right-wing party, Independents for Croatia, sparking a major controversy.

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