Human Shield (political party)

Human Shield
Živi zid
President Ivan Vilibor Sinčić
Founder Ivan Pernar
Founded 2011[1]
Headquarters Zagreb, Croatia
Ideology Big tent
Populism[2]
Pro-Russia[3]
Euroscepticism[4]
[2][5]
Anti-establishment[2]
Anti-globalisation[5]
Protectionism
Modern Monetary Theory
Political position Syncretic
Colours      Yellow
     Black
Sabor
3 / 151
European Parliament
0 / 11
Website
zivizid.hr

Human Shield (Croatian: Živi zid, literally translated as "Living Wall"[6]) is a populist political party in Croatia, formed out of an anti-eviction group of the same name.[2] Also known as Human Blockade, the group fights foreclosures by occupying property and forming a "human shield", hence the name.

The party grew out of the organization that operated until 2014 as the Alliance for Change (Croatian: Savez za promjene).[7] The organization formed into a party ahead of the 2014–15 presidential election, supporting the candidacy of Ivan Vilibor Sinčić.

The party refuses to be characterized as being left or right and claims adherence to humanist values.[8]

Principles

The Party believes that the current monetary system is unfair and unsustainable because it is based on money as debt, i.e. all the money in circulation comes as a loan with an interest rate that never went into circulation (only principal did), which is, according to the Party, the cause of many evictions in Croatia.

The Party stands for:[8]

  • non-credit money (the state must have the power of making money, and not the private banks)
  • audit and prosecution of the 1990s criminal process of privatization and ownership transformation
  • legal prohibitions of permanent evictions and confiscation of the only real estate in which the defendant lives alone or with his family
  • revival of Croatian agriculture
  • thorough reform of the judiciary and public administration
  • lustration of the corrupt staff
  • free health care and education
  • lower taxes
  • termination of the Constitutional Court
  • abolition of the compulsory HRT subscription
  • personal freedoms
  • withdrawal from NATO, proclamation of military neutrality and withdrawal of Croatian soldiers from all military missions abroad
  • thorough reform of the European Union so it would become "a true European dream - unifying the continent on equal and social grounds"
  • opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
  • environmental protection and a full ban on GMO products
  • full legalization of marijuana
  • animal and environmental protection
  • recognition of the State of Palestine
  • full secularization

Electoral results

Presidential elections

Presidency of Croatia
Election year Candidate First Round Second Round
# of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
2014–15 Ivan Vilibor Sinčić 293,570 16.4 (#3)

Parliament (Sabor)

Election In coalition with Votes won PercentageSeats won Change Government
(Coalition totals)(ŽZ only)
2011 (December) (as Savez za promjene)
A-HSS, DPS
15,379 0.63
0 / 151
Extra-parliamentary
opposition
2015 (November) None 94,877 4.24 (#4)
1 / 151
1 Opposition
2016 (September) Change Croatia, Youth Action,
Alphabet of democracy, HDSS
117,208 6.23 (#4)
3 / 151
2 Opposition

European Parliament

Election In coalition with Votes won Percentage Seats won Change
May 2014 None
(as Savez za promjene)
4,313 0.47 (#10)
0 / 11

References

  1. "Year of registration" (in Croatian). Živi zid. 2014. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Živi zid: socijal-populizam na hrvatski način" (in Croatian). Tportal. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  3. "Putin's friends in Europe". European Council on Foreign Relations. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. "Živi zid se i dalje zalaže za izlazak Hrvatske iz EU i NATO" (in Serbian). Blic. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  5. 1 2 Nordsieck, Wolfram (2016). "Croatia". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  6. Milekic, Sven (14 October 2015), "'Outsider' Parties to Influence Croatia Poll Outcome", BalkanInsight
    Prelec, Tena (7–9 November 2015). "Croatian elections: a final look at the parties and the campaign". EuroPP – European Politics and Policy. London School of Economics and Political Science. Comment.
    Neubert, Nils (28 December 2014). "Croatians disillusioned with politics - and the EU". DW.
  7. "Središnji državni ured za razvoj digitalnog društva - Političke stranke i izbori" (in Croatian). Digured.hr. Retrieved 2017-04-24.
  8. 1 2 "Živi zid" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-04-24.
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