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SREBRENICA GIRLS SHOUT “THIS IS BOSNIA!”

July 29, 2009
HEROIC BOSNIAK GIRLS FROM SREBRENICA
Sedina Hasanović, Dženeta Nalić, Melisa Smajić

“THIS IS BOSNIA!”

Three courageous Bosniak girls from Srebrenica – one of them only 15 years old – may face criminal charges because they exercised their freedom of speech by shouting “THIS IS BOSNIA!” Girls’ reaction was simply a response to racist Serbian Chetnik provocations in Srebrenica.

On July 12, we published a story about a group of Serbian thugs who were caught on tape spitting and urinating onto the flag of Bosnia-Herzegovina in downtown Srebrenica. The group came from Belgrade just a day after the 14th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. They sang fascist songs, repeatedly shouted “THIS IS SERBIA!,” verbally insulted Bosniak returnees to Srebrenica and glorifed Serbian Nazi collaborator Draza Mihailovic (background) and a former General Ratko Mladic who was in charge of overseeing the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

A group of revolted Bosniaks reacted to Serbian provocations by shouting back “THIS IS BOSNIA!” Now, these brave girls are facing criminal charges in the Municipal Court of Srebrenica (Basic Court), simply because they responded to Serbian ultra-nationalist provocations. Interestingly, local Srebrenica Police Department did NOT react to Serbian Chetnik hooliganism in Srebrenica on July 12th.

Srebrenica Municipality’s Vice-President Zulfo Salihović was also one of people who shouted back at Chetniks, “THIS IS BOSNIA!” He has not been charged with any ‘crime,’ yet. However, after learning about the “circus-charges” against the three Bosniak girls, he defiantly requested that local Serb authorities file same criminal charges against him. He is more than willing to fight them in court and he is more than willing to remind Serbs that “THIS IS BOSNIA!” whether they like it or not.

In conclusion, it is more than obvious that a genocidal entity, so called “Republika Srpska,” is not prepared to grant (in practice) a basic set of human freedoms to minorities. The freedom of speech is clearly being taken away from the Bosniak minority on a territory of “Republika Srpska,” especially in the ethnically cleansed regions where Bosniaks formed pre-war majority. In 1992, approximately half a million Bosniaks had been brutally expelled from the current-day Bosnian Serb entity. No need to mention that Serbs created “Republika Srpska” by perpetrating planned and deliberate ethnic cleansing, tortures in concentration camps, brutal massacres, and genocide. Bosniakophobia is at an all time high in “Republika Srpska,” and if something is not done to stop it, we may see a repeat of a bloody war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Bosnian-language version of this news report follows from Bosnia’s Federal TV:

Srebreničanke prijavljene zbog poruke »Ovo je Bosna!«
Srebrenica, 28.07.2009 – FTV

Tri djevojke iz Srebrenice, od kojih je najmlađa skoro djevojčica sa samo 15 godina, prijavljene su Odjeljenju za prekršaje Osnovnog suda u Srebrenici. Razlog je to što su 12. jula, na dan kada su, uz obilježavanje stradanja Srba, četnici orgijali po Srebrenici i Bratuncu, a one im, na uzvike “Ovo je Srbija”, zatim četničke pjesme i najteže uvrede, odgovorile porukom “Ovo je Bosna” i puštenom ilahijom s mobitela. Zbog ovog odgovora na četnička orgijanja Sedina Hasanović, Dženeta Nalić i Melisa Smajić mogle bi biti i osuđene u Osnovnom sudu u Srebrenici.

Zamjenik komandira Policijske stanice Srebrenica Adis Cibralić kaže da je policija reagirala nakon poziva kelnerice u kafiću „Davidoff“ Sanje Kočević-Milanović, a navodni razlog za poziv je odluka gazde da zabrani muziku 11. i 12. jula. Sedina i Dženeta kažu da ih ništa ne plaši – ići će, ako treba, i na suđenje uz poruku „Ovo je Bosna“. Ovu je poruku četnicima koji su orgijali Srebrenicom prvi uputio potpredsjednik Skupštine opštine Srebrenica Zulfo Salihović. On traži i da se protiv njega pokrene prekršajni postupak.

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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CONFLICT:
Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had terrorized Srebrenica population and constantly attacked neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages from 1992-1995. In July 1995 the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, where they proceeded to perpetrate genocide. Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Bosniak families, forcibly expelled 25,000-30,000 people, summarily executed at least 8,372 boys, men, and elderly, and dumped them into mass graves.

  1. GIN
    July 29, 2009 at 5:11 am

    INFORMATIVE!

  2. Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor
    July 29, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Thank you for commenting GIN. I did a little bit of editing, so you may go back and enjoy reading this article again.

    I can't express how proud I am of Sedina Hasanović, Dženeta Nalić and Melisa Smajić. Thank you girls for making us proud of you!

  3. owen
    July 29, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Congratulations to those young people for standing up to an exhibition of self-indulgent fascist hooliganism. The fact that a regime that derives its legitimacy from genocide has brought legal charges against them as a result should make them feel proud.

  4. Anonymous
    July 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I heard about this story from some women in Tuzla who are displaced from Srebrenica, but could not find anything in the news about it (in English, anyway). So, thank you for posting this and more details.

    Please keep blogging! It's inspiring.

  5. elvedina2006
    July 29, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    My support is with these three brave girls. Terrorist chetniks in the video look much more threatening than them. Who in their right mind would file charges against somebody that states the truth? Maybe the same people that committed genocide 14 years ago.

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