Not long after a photo was published on Friday that showed graffiti on a building in Priboj glorifying war criminal Ratko Mladic, a video emerged in which a dozen young men celebrating Orthodox Christmas sang "It's Christmas, it's Christmas, the mosques are .”
The graffiti read “Ratko Mladic is a hero” and “From Priboj to The Hague, everyone is with Ratko the General.”
Opet poruka iz Priboja. Bošnjaci su ugroženi, preplašeni i nesigurni u svom gradu, u svojim domovima. pic.twitter.com/xHc8oo00JA
— veni_vidi_vici (@HuzejrovicA) January 8, 2022
Priboj has a significant Bosniak population and such graffiti is perceived by them as a provocation and a threat as Mladic was sentenced to life in prison for genocide against Bosniaks in Srebrenica.
Then on Orthodox Christmas eve, on January 6, a group of young men were filmed celebrating on the street and singing “It's Christmas, it's Christmas, shoot at the mosques.”
Emir Suljagic, the director of the Memorial Center in Potocari near Srebrenica, also reacted to the incident on Twitter.
“Celebrating genocidal violence being a fundamental part of the identity,” he wrote.
Genocidna crna rupa koja sanja o novoj “istrazi poturica”. Slavljenje genocidnog nasilja kao fundamentalni dio identiteta. https://t.co/XBxoFbA3FS
— Emir Suljagić (@suljagicemir1) January 8, 2022
Also on Christmas eve, insults and threats to the local imam were sent over social media.
The incidents came on the heels of a scandal that erupted when a few days ago a video emerged showing policemen singing Serb nationalist songs that called for another Srebrenica and Vukovar.
Over 8,000 Bosniak civilians were systematically executed by Serb forces in Srebrenica in July 1995 in what international courts ruled was an act of genocide.
Vukovar is a city in Croatia, where Serb forces executed hundreds of civilians and expelled the entire Croat population after they overtook the town in 1991.