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Croatian 'fascist', 65, breaks his leg after anti-fascist monument he was trying to destroy lands on top of him

  • Police reported the man was in hospital after the 'savage vandalism' in Split
  • The statue of Rade Končar is a symbol against pro-Nazi fascists from WWII
  • A politician joked Končar had broken a fascist's leg 76 years after they shot him

By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline

Published: 11:06 EST, 8 November 2018 | Updated: 11:22 EST, 8 November 2018

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A 65-year-old broke his leg when he toppled an anti-fascist monument onto himself as he tried to shove it to the ground in Split, Croatia.

Authorities confirmed they had apprehended the man who was taken to hospital for surgery, according to the Guardian.

Centrist politician Krešo Beljak said on Twitter: 'Rade Končar breaks the legs of fascists 76 years after they shot him.'

The local police said it was an act of 'savage vandalism.'

A pedestrian walks past the toppled statue of anti-fascist martyr Rade Končar yesterday in Split, Croatia
A pedestrian walks past the toppled statue of anti-fascist martyr Rade Končar yesterday in Split, Croatia

A pedestrian walks past the toppled statue of anti-fascist martyr Rade Končar yesterday in Split, Croatia

The statue standing intact before it was attacked in an act of 'savage vandalism' by the 65-year-old who is now in hospital
The statue standing intact before it was attacked in an act of 'savage vandalism' by the 65-year-old who is now in hospital

The statue standing intact before it was attacked in an act of 'savage vandalism' by the 65-year-old who is now in hospital

Rade Končar was executed alongside fellow communists by Italian fascists in May 1942
Rade Končar was executed alongside fellow communists by Italian fascists in May 1942

Rade Končar was executed alongside fellow communists by Italian fascists in May 1942

Rade Končar was a Yugoslav resistance fighter against Croatia's fascist rule during the early part of the Second World War. 

Končar was ambushed by anti-communists at his apartment in Split in November 1941.

He was passed on to Italian authorities who held a brief trial before executing him at age 31 by firing squad alongside his fellow communists in May 1942.

There are several monuments of the Yugoslav hero and he is held up as a symbol against the Ustasha - Croatia's former pro-Nazi regime.

The Ustasha sought to ethnically cleanse Yugoslavia and set up concentration camps where thousands of Serbs, Jews, Roma and dissidents were murdered.

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