BiH Prosecutor’s Office opened a Case related to Chetnik Gathering

March 12, 2019 7:00 PM

Acting on media reports and submitted complaints, BiH’s Prosecutor’s Office has opened a case related to the gathering of the Serb nationalist Ravnogorski Pokret.

A gathering has sparked a wave of condemnation from institutions of BiH and from the international community.

Some 200 members of the movement of former Nazi collaborators gathered at the town, on the Drina river, which marks the border between Serbia and Bosnia. They were marking the anniversary of the arrest of their WWII founding leader Draza Mihajlovic.

A video broadcast by local media, showed them singing about how “River Drina will be bloody again”. Višegrad was the scene of the massacres of Muslims in 1992, at the start of the Bosnia War.

“The assembly of the Chetniks within the military formation and threats with ‘hell and a bloody Drina river’, which could be heard, unambiguously represent the crime of inciting national and religious hatred,” Sefik Dzaferovic, member of BiH Presidency, said.

According to Yugoslav demographers, Chetnik forces killed in WWII at least 33,000 Muslims and 32,000 Croats in one of the most gruesome episodes of Yugoslav history.

During the 1992-95 Bosnian war, Serb nationalists wearing Chetnik insignia expelled 14,000 Muslim residents of Visegrad and killed some 1,700.

 

 

 

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