news 07 Jan 13

Serbian Orthodox Graves Vandalised in Croatia

Attackers have damaged several graves, crosses and tombstones at a Serbian Orthodox cemetery in the Croatian town of Knin.


Boris Pavelic

The attack took place on January 2, the day after a window was broken at the offices of the Serbian cultural society Prosveta in Knin, the Dalmatian Orthodox Eparchy said on Friday.

Knin's deputy mayor Tomislav Vrdoljak condemned the incidents, saying that they "don't represent the image of coexistence of Croats and Serbs in Knin".

"Peaceful coexistence, which the Knin city administration has been successfully building for years, could be the example for other cities," Vrdoljak told journalists.

Police spokesperson Marica Kosor said officers were searching for the vandals.

The town of Knin is symbolically important both for Croats and Serbs.

In the former Yugoslavia, it was mainly populated by Serbs.

During the war in Croatia from 1991 to 1995, it became the centre of the self-proclaimed Serb-run Republic of Srpska Krajina, and almost all non-Serb residents were forced to leave.

In August 1995, during the military operation codenamed Storm, Croatian forces took Knin and almost all of its Serbs fled.

Today around half of the town’s population are Serbs and half Croats.

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