Srebrenicans boo domestic and foreign delegations, Durakovic hit by bottle
Around a thousand Srebrenicans who gathered in front of the former battery factory booed individual domestic and foreign delegations at the moment they left from the Memorial Room in Potocari. The greatest wrath was expressed toward US Ambassador in BiH Patrick Moon.
Srebrenicans are unhappy because, as they say, the international community did not allow voting in Srebrenica in the October local elections to proceed according to the 1991 census, when Srebrenica was mainly inhabited by Bosniaks. Before the war, we recall, of the 37,000 residents of Srebrenica, 80 percent were Bosniak.
Srebrenicans also hissed at BiH Foreign Minister and SDP President Zlatko Lagumdzija, BiH Presidency Chairman Bakir Izetbegovic, and Croat member of the BiH Presidency Zeljko Komsic. They were addressed with ugly words, and reporters suggest that the situation was extremely unpleasant and on the edge of an incident. Foreign reporters were shocked.
The target of criticism was Organizing Committee President and Acting Mayor of Srebrenica Camil Durakovic, because, as individual Srebrenicans said, he permitted any officials to visit Potocari that wanted to.
Durakovic, according to reporters, expressed dissatisfaction with this behavior and got into a verbal duel with some malcontents. At the beginning of the address to those present in Potocari, he said that they even threw plastic bottles at him, and pointed out that such behavior should be a shame.
This was the first time that Srebrenicans expressed their dissatisfaction toward domestic and foreign delegations in this way.
They spared criticism only for officials from the Republic of Turkey, who resolutely stood with the victims of Srebrenica at all times.
Srebrenicans said that they "no longer wish to hear empty promises from politicians," according to Anatolia. Many said that this is the last time that they would permit domestic and foreign officials, who have lied to them for years, to come to the Memorial Center Srebrenica Potocari.
Reporters reported on the great number of Srebrenicans arrived, mothers, relatives, and friends of victims of the genocide, and
visitors from around the world, among them a great number of Americans, Turks, and Europeans.