In a dramatic development, angry crowds on Saturday chased away the Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic, from a mass burial ground during the 20th anniversary commemoration of Srebrenica genocide, which had killed more than 8000 Mulims in mid-90s.
The Serbian PM was first booed soon after he laid the flower at the commemoration site, where thousands of slaughtered Muslims are buried. The crowd then began to chant Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest) before throwing stones, water bottled and umbrellas at him.
The former ultra nationalist leader was forced to look for cover as one stone hit his face breaking his glasses. His security guards struggled to take him to his armoured car.
Serbia had backed the Bosnian Serbs between 1992 and 1995 when thousands of Muslims were slaughtered. The number of people killed in a genocide in Europe was the second highest since the Holocaust.
Former US president Bill Clinton and Princess Anne of Britain too were present at the event at a cemetery in Potocari when this incident happened.
Vucic’s government recently enlisted its ally Russia to veto a resolution at the UN which would have condemned the denial of Srebrenica as genocide.
Some of the protesters were carrying placards quoting Vucic’s wartime quote, “For every killed Serb, we will kill 100 Bosniaks.”
The Serbian PM later described the incident as a ‘well prepared and organised’ adding that one stone had hit his lip too.