Opposition deputies in the parliament on Wednesday strongly criticised amendments to laws on state border control and defence providing for the possibility of deploying armed forces to protect the state border, saying that they would "militarise society" and that "a government that sees danger everywhere is insecure."
The head of the Croatian People's Party (HNS), Vesna Pusic, is confident that "the only result of transferring decisions on sending the army to the border from the parliament to the government will be the militarisation of society."
"Militarising society and manipulating the army is out of the question because our army has proved to be humane and victorious," Bridge MP Maro Kristic said.
HNS MP Milorad Batinic noted that he "did not notice in Minister of the Interior (Vlaho) Orepic's address or comments he gave during the migrant crisis, that his ministry is incapable of doing that job on its own."
"Nobody said that the Croatian police are unable to control the situation but we are afraid of a situation in which police forces would not be enough to do the job," Deputy Defence Minister Tomislav Ivic explained.
Social Democrat Ingrid Anticevic Marinovic recalled Pope Francis's message that closing borders to people in distress is tantamount to a war crime.
"A government that sees danger everywhere is insecure," she said, recalling that the Croatian Democratic Union had at one time banned public meetings in St. Mark's Square, where the government and parliament offices are located, due to an alleged terrorist threat.