July 8, 2009
HATRED INSPIRED CELEBRATIONS: Local Serbs who attacked and destroyed hundreds of Bosnian Muslim villages around Srebrenica and in Podrinje from 1992-1995, and those among them who participated in the Srebrenica genocide, now celebrate July 11th as a ‘PARTY TIME.’

PHOTO: A poster in Bratunac calling on all local Serbs to throw a party on the day of Srebrenica Genocide, 11 July 2009. Bratunac was a town with pre-war Bosnian Muslim ethnic majority. Now, it’s ethnically cleansed town controlled by Serbs who organized numerous massacres against the local Bosniak population in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995.

While family and friends of the Srebrenica genocide victims spend time grieving and burying more than 500 DNA-identified victims this July 11th, Serbs in the nearby Ljubovija Municipality will celebrate “Drinska Regatta” along the River Drina, reports Sarajevo Daily Dnevni Avaz.

According to the Bosniak Representative Šefket Hafizović, Vice-President of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska, this is just another indicator of how the official policy of Belgrade failed to distance itself from the regime of Slobodan Milosevic.

“They never departed from Milosevic’s policy. Criminals return to the place where they committed crime – this time not to grieve, but to celebrate genocide. And all this happens at the same time when the democratic world, throughout Europe, is honoring victims of the genocide in accordance with the European Parliament’s Srebrenica Genocide Resolution… the resolution which proclaimed 11th of July as a Day of Commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide throughout the European Union (EU). At the same time, followers of Slobodan Milosevic will organized a party on the River Drina,” said Hafizovic.

Families of the genocide victims feel bitter. They feel that the act of organizing this regatta on the day when the Srebrenica genocide victims will be buried is nothing more than a carefully planned provocation to cause anger among relatives and survivors of the genocide.

“This is a great shame and one more humiliation, among many humiliations that families of genocide victims and survivors have to go through. Serbs will rejoice in celebrations when we – mothers, and other people of conscious – cry? Obviously, they are still looking forward to the crimes they committed in 1995,” said Munira Subasic, president of the Association “Mothers of Enclaves Srebrenica and Žepa.”

PHOTO: Local Serbs use July 11th to mock the Srebrenica genocide victims and to party on the River Drina, where thousands of Bosnian Muslims have been slaughtered and dumped.

  1. Sarah Correia
    July 8, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Daniel, have you read this?


    (I've been invited to that regata once, if it was in any other day I would have been glad to participate)

  2. Kirk Johnson
    July 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I get the feeling that this is the manifestation of collective cognitive dissonance. They simultaneously claim that nothing happened, while going out of their way to mock–and, to some degree, drown out and overshadow–the memorial for the event which "never happened."

    It's as if some sectors of Bosnian Serb society are working overtime to keep the contradictions seperate.

    As long as you keep yourself busy partying, you don't have time or quiet to reflect on the logical inconsistencies.

  3. Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor
    July 8, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Sarah, I have no problem participating in any party regatta, but NOT on July 11th and not in vicinity of the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial.

    Kirk, you may be surprised, but they also want to ban victims from laying flowers in Kravica where 1,000 Bosniaks were massacred. Remember, last year?

    Serb Police Bans Relatives from Laying Flowers on a Genocide Site

    Now we have a repeat of the same scenario.

  4. owen
    July 9, 2009 at 7:00 am

    How to look at the world through the wrong end of the telescope (or alternatively how to avoid looking at the blood on your own hands):

  5. Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor
    July 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Owen, same old Serbian propaganda. Will they ever come up with something new?

    FACTS compiled from Naser Oric trial judgment clearly show that heavily militarized Serbian villages around Srebrenica had been used to launch brutal attacks on neighbouring Bosniak villages, including the town of Srebrenica. Kravica, for example, housed a large cache of weapons and was heavily armed village used as a polygon for constant attacks against Srebrenica and neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages. Please click here to read some facts in a new article titled "Serb Villages Around Srebrenica."

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