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Thousands commemorate Srebrenica massacre

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 02:10

Angry crowd chases Serbia’s prime minister from Bosnian ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre, Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: Bodyguards whisked Aleksandar Vucic through angry mourners throwing stones and booing the Serbian prime minister. During the 1990s, Vucic was a disciple of the "Greater Serbia" ideology that fueled much of the bloodshed that accompanied Yugoslavia's demise. Though Vucic has since rebranded himself as pro-Western, scars and memories in Bosnia run deep. The scene marred the ceremony attended by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who was in power during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. On July 6, 1995, Srebrenica, designated a United Nations safe haven, fell to Bosnian Serb forces as Dutch U.N. peacekeepers largely surrendered or fled. Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were executed over the next five days, their bodies dumped in pits. More than 1,000 victims have yet to be found. 136 recently discovered remains were being buried at the memorial Bosnian Merima Suljic was just one month old when her father was taken away. Only one of his bones was recovered. I'm attached to this town in so many ways, she says. 20 years later, everyone has buried their fathers, only I have no grave to visit. I can only think about that one bone that was found. I wish they had killed me, she says. A U.N. court has ruled that Srebrenica was a genocide. Serbia, which backed Bosnian Serb forces during the war, last week enlisted ally Russia to veto a British-backed U.N. resolution that would have condemned the denial of Srebrenica as genocide. Many Serbs still dispute the term, the death toll and the official account of what went on, reflecting conflicting narratives about the Yugoslav wars that still feed political divisions and stifle progress toward integration with western Europe.

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Thousands commemorate Srebrenica massacre

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 02:10