Jovic, who never wanted Croatia to break off from Yugoslavia in the first place, said his own life is at risk in his homeland because he has dared to publicly speak out against endemic violence. "What I wanted to say to these people is that war is not a way to solve things, including the kinds of problems we heard today," he said through the interpreter. "Unfortunately, we've proven that in Croatia. Ethnic problems only become more exaggerated and solutions become more distant."

Veronica Reskovic, a human-rights activist from Zagreb, the Croatian capital, said in English that she empathized with the speakers, but problems in Croatia just can't be compared to problems in the United States.

"People in the United States can go about their lives, they can make plans," she said. "In Croatia, we just try to make it through the day. A few years ago, I was free. I would not have believed that this could have happened. But it happened slowly. "If you put a frog in cold water and each day you raise the temperature by one degree, the frog will get cooked and not even know it. That's what happened to Croatia.

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