“For every killed Serb we will kill 100 Muslims”, said Aleksandar Vučić (the present Serbian prime minister) in July 1995, a couple of days only after 8,000 Muslims were slaughtered by the Serbian army from Bosnia led by the general Ratko Mladić (presently on trial in The Hague) and by Radovan Karadžić.
Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić who was the Information Minister during the Srebrenica genocide. He fearfully fled from angry grieving Muslims at Srebrenica Commemoration of the Genocide. The question is why wasn’t he arrested for inciting hate speech and terrorism?
Vučić refused to acknowledge that the crimes committed by Serbian soldiers amounted to a genocide.
“Look at those thousands of tombstones: is he not ashamed to say that this was not genocide?” said Hamida Dzanovic, whose husband was among those killed. “Is he not ashamed to come here?” she asked Associated Press news agency.
Some people bore banners displaying Mr Vučić’s own wartime quote:
“For every killed Serb, we will kill 100 Bosniaks.”
When the Serbian leader appeared for the ceremony, an angry crowd stoned his black-clad delegation, causing all of them to run back to their cars. With jeers ringing in his ears, Mr Vučić was forced to leave the occasion, his foreign minister condemning the incident as an attack on Serbia.
So it was that the ceremony came to focus on remembrance, rather than reconciliation.
“All of my family members are here under these tombstones. This cannot be denied,” said Kada Hotic, who lost her son and husband in Srebrenica.