The controversial annual event was held Saturday near the village of Bleiburg. For Croatian nationalists, the site symbolizes their suffering under communism in the former Yugoslavia before they fought a war for independence in the 1990s.
Tens of thousands of Croatians, mostly pro-fascist soldiers, fled to Bleiburg in May 1945 amid a Yugoslav army offensive, only to be turned back from Austria by the British military and into the hands of anti-fascists. Thousands of the so-called Ustashas were killed in and around Bleiburg.
Austria’s anti-fascist groups have held protests during the event.