LJUBLJANA May 17 Slovenia's second-largest city
Maribor has banned a planned concert by Croatian nationalist
singer Marko Perkovic Thompson, whose shows have been canceled
in several European countries because of his unruly fans.
Municipal official Ksenija Klampfer told Reuters on
Wednesday the concert was canceled because police considered it
a security risk. The police had earlier said they expected
problems from unruly ultra-nationalist fans coming in from
Thompson, who has had concerts banned in the Netherlands,
Switzerland, Bosnia and even in his home country in recent
years, rejects accusations that his folk-rock songs glorify the
Nazi-backed fascist state in Croatia during World War Two.
The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center has protested to
Croatian authorities against his concerts and condemned their
use of songs popular with the fascist Ustashe movement accused
of wartime mass murder of Serbs, Jews, Roma and other groups.
Denying such criticism, he told TV Slovenia earlier this
week his songs simply represent a love of God, family, homeland
The singer's nickname Thompson recalls the U.S.-made
submachine gun better known as the "Tommy gun". He used one to
fight for Croatia's 1991 independence from former Yugoslavia.
He now uses the nickname professionally, attached to his
given name, and for his band.
Miran Trol, who was organising what was to have been
Thompson's first concert in Slovenia, told local media that he
would appeal against the ban.
(Reporting by Marja Novak in Ljubljana and Igor Ilic in Zagreb;
Editing by Tom Heneghan)