Wednesday Jul 17, 201312:19 PM GMT
Muslim women injured while trying to commemorate Srebrenica massacre
Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:17PM
Ivana Setic, Press TV, Sarajevo
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Relatives of the victims of the 19-95 Srebrenica massacre have held a ceremony to pay tribute to their loved ones. But they say security forces prevent them from visiting a controversial site where the actual crimes took place. This year, the ceremonies turned a little bit violent. Press TV’s Ivana Setic reports from Sarajevo.

Like every year, after marking the genocide anniversary in Srebrenica on July 11th, Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa visit the fields where the Serb forces in 1995 killed more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys. They lay flowers and pray to pay tribute to their loved ones who were brutally murdered in July 1995.


Their first destination is the village of Kravica. Survivors say Serbian forces detained more than 1,000 Muslims after the fall of Srebrenica. But every year police forces prevent them from visiting the actual site. This year scuffles broke out between Mothers of Srebrenica and security forces over a visit to a factory in Kravica where the killings occurred.

Several women were injured by the members of the special forces while they were trying to enter the forbidden area.

Many in Bosnia and Herzegovina condemn these acts and believe that victims must be allowed to visit the places where their family members have been killed. Commemorating events from July 1995, is a part of efforts to preserve the memory of the victims and prevent the repeat of such atrocities.

Police in Republika Srpska used force against the Mothers of Srebrenica and injuring several of them. But at the end the mothers managed to enter the area, where most of the Muslim victims of the genocide were killed in July 1995.
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