News 01 Apr 13

Montenegro’s Bosniaks Vent Anger Over Vandalised Memorial

Bosniaks condemned an attack on a memorial plaque in Podgorica that commemorates civilian victims of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

Milena Milosevic
BIRN
Podgorica

The Forum of Bosniaks and Muslims of Montenegro has called on police to catch the vandals after the glass memorial to people who died between 1991 and 2001 was defaced by unknown attackers last Thursday.

“The Forum… most strongly condemns the heinous act and urges the authorities to reveal who is upset about the memory of the innocent victims of the 1990s,” the organisation said in a statement on Friday.

It also praised the Podgorica authorities for acting quickly to begin the renovation of the damaged plaque.

The memorial was unveiled on July 11, 2011, on the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, marking the killings of more than 7,000 Bosniak men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces  in 1995.

The inscription on the plaque reads: “To the civilian casualties of the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the period between 1991 and 2001 – never to be repeated.”

The entire Pobrezje park in the Montenegrin capital, where the plaque is located, is also dedicated to the civilian victims of the Yugoslav wars.

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