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VSO: If the government does not withdraw the decision, we will reveal the action plan after February 10

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Asta Vrečko: “It’s not about cancellation, it’s about merging”

The Association for the Values ​​of Slovenian Independence (VSO) takes the government’s decision to merge the Museum of Recent History of Slovenia and the Museum of Slovenian Independence very seriously. If the government does not withdraw the decision, they will act.

At the press conference, where the VSO expressed opposition to the government’s decision to merge the Museum of Recent History of Slovenia and the Museum of Slovenian Independence into a new public institution, the Museum of Recent and Contemporary History of Slovenia, the president of the association, Lojze Peterle, announced that in the event that the government will not change the decision, the implementation of this of the action plan in defense of the independent museum of independence. Details about it will be revealed after February 10. Preparations for the interpretation have begun in NSi.



At the press conference, Peterle said, among other things, that he had participated in three Slovenian governments and “he had never experienced such authoritarianism and gross exercise of political power”. “We had a unique independence. And this view that it was a unique act in Slovenian history is not only a matter of the so-called right, as some would like to portray anew.” He is surprised that this government wants to “play independence as an element of additional Slovenian polarization”.

According to Peterlet, we have achieved independence “we got a new political element, which is worth maintaining awareness, pride, even self-confidence”with the government following the proposal of the Minister of Culture Aste Vrečko “to tear down an institution that was established by the decision of a democratically elected government, and this government shows what its true intention is”.

They themselves take the matter very seriously, as a blow to Slovenian nationhood, he added, so they will “if the government does not withdraw this decision, start implementing this action plan in defense of the independent independence museum and independence itself”. Details about it will be revealed after February 10, he announced.

Janez Janša: “The government has pulled a traitorous move with all its powers”The conference was also attended by a member of the presidency of the VSO Association and the president of SDS Janez Janša, who emphasized that during the plebiscite, the Slovenian nation actually wrote its own verdict for the only time in its history. He pointed out that this act was not simply a feat of one political option, adding that “if any event in Slovenian history deserves a decent commemoration, then it is certainly the event when we Slovenians were united”.

With the fact that the merger of the museums became a unanimous decision of the government, according to him, the matter jumped to the level of “where we are faced with the fact that the government with all its powers has pulled a treasonous move”.


Lojza Peterle.  Photo: BoBo

Rupel: “The minister has done more with this than she deserves and than is allowed”Member of the presidency of the Association for the Values ​​of Slovenian Independence (VSO) Dimitrij Rupel believes that by announcing the merger of two museums, the Minister “announced and did more than it belongs to and than is allowed. Even more than any minister did during the time of socialism. She played with the state and the self-determination of the Slovenian nation, the so-called plebiscite”.

“Taking over history is no small thing”Rupel characterized the merger of the Museum of Slovenian Independence and the Museum of Recent History of Slovenia and the establishment of the new Museum of Recent and Contemporary History of Slovenia as a political measure, “which presents itself as a measure against politicization”. According to him, the current government wants to take over history. “Taking over history is no small thing,” he concluded.


Dimitrij Rupel.  Photo: BoBo

He emphasized that gaining independence is not a one-day event Jelka Kacin. “This is the process of democratization that led to democratic changes, to the first democratic elections, which led to the inclusiveness of that part of the body politic, which until the multi-party system had no possibility of political participation, except within the so-called Socialist Union of the Working People of Slovenia”.

Kacin: The merger of museums “is not the act of one minister, it is the government’s decision”He emphasized that the merger of museums “it is not the action of one minister, it is the government’s decision”. “In Slovenian, this term is called erasure,” Kacin said, calling the government’s decision a historic mistake and arrogance.


Jelka Kacin.  Photo: BoBo

Preparations for the interpretation have begun in NSiAfter the government’s decision to merge the museums, NSi started preparing an interpellation against Minister Vrečka. However, the party with eight MPs cannot file it yet, as at least ten signatures are required. When asked by a journalist whether SDS will contribute signatures under it, Janša said yes “would the interpellation against the minister be justified or sufficient or a strong enough response as long as there was only a proposal from the ministry, but not a decision from the government”. “It’s a government decision and it’s about another level,” he said, adding that they will reveal more after February 10.

Last Thursday, the government adopted the decision on the merger of the Museum of Slovenian Independence and the Museum of Recent History of Slovenia and the establishment of a new public institution, the Museum of Recent and Contemporary History of Slovenia.


Asta Vrečko.  Photo: BoBo

Asta Vrečko: “History must remain in the hands of historians, not politicians”In her response, the Minister of Culture Asta Vrečko reiterated that it is not a matter of abolishing the museums, but of a merger, in which the program remains the same, including the composition of the employees. “Here we are following the professional concerns raised at the time of its establishment: that it does not have adequate premises, it does not have a founding collection, as the artefacts are in the Museum of Recent History and other such institutions throughout Slovenia,” said the minister.

According to her, however, it would be time to systematically strengthen this historical period, which is why they added a new custodian. This will be a new museum “had even more work and all the support”, to research and present this period to the public.

The minister also says that they understand the political arguments of dissent, which were even more numerous when the museum was founded during the pandemic and without public discussion. “Here we have brought two national institutions together, and there was no basis for a national debate,” said the minister. He believes that museums have experienced systematic neglect in recent years, and they should be systematically supported and helped to modernize. “History should remain in the hands of historians, not politicians.” me minister.

Regarding the announced interpellation, she added that she can discuss museums and collections for more than one day, so she believes that there will be an interesting discussion about it in the DZ.

Source: Rtvslo

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