Graffiti denying Srebrenica genocide appears in center of Belgrade (PHOTO)

Sonja Gočanin (RFE/ RSE)

In the centre of Belgrade, a large graffiti has appeared, which says in English, "The only genocide in the Balkans was against the Serbs". The graffiti was painted on a building in Knez Mihailova Street in the very centre of the city.

Below the letters, the ultra-right group “People's Patrol” wrote their name on the black background.

On May 30, a video of graffiti with the message “We remember, we pray. Many others should be ashamed” was published on the Telegram channel of this unregistered organization.

The graffiti appeared after the United Nations adopted a Resolution declaring July 11 as the International Day of Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica, on May 23.

The “People's Patrol” is known for glorifying Ratko Mladic, who was convicted in The Hague for genocide in Srebrenica, organizing protests in support of Russia after it invaded Ukraine. The group also attacks refugees and migrants.

The adoption of the Resolution on Srebrenica was also opposed by the government in Serbia, whose representatives said it attributed collective responsibility to the Serb people.

On the eve of the United Nations session, billboards with the message “We are not a genocidal people” appeared in Belgrade.
The coats of arms of Serbia and Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina's entity, were prominent on them.

The Resolution does not mention any nation or state. It condemns the denial of genocide and the glorification of war criminals.

Despite the verdicts of international courts, official Belgrade and the authorities of Republika Srpska deny that genocide against Bosniaks was committed in Srebrenica in July 1995. They speak of a “terrible crime”.

Over 50 people were sentenced to around 700 years in prison, for the genocide of at least 8,372 Bosniaks and other war crimes in the Srebrenica region.

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