A commemoration for the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre was interrupted on Saturday when the arrival of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was met with jeers and rocks thrown from the assembled crowd.
Vucic’s presence — along with dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton and European Union official Federica Mogherini — was meant to honor the estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys who were executed in the massacre, but instead served to highlight some of the tension still felt among Bosnian Muslims.
Just months before the end of the Bosnian War in 1995, Bosnian Serb forces attacked the town of Srebrenica, despite its designation as a “safe haven” by the United Nations. Eight thousand Muslims were rounded up and executed, their bodies scattered across the outskirts of Srebrenica.
The massacre’s accused leaders, Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, are still on trial at The Hague for their alleged war crimes.
Today, families of approximately 1,000 of those believed dead have still yet to find any remains of their loved ones.
On Saturday, 136 newly identified remains were ceremonially laid to rest, and their families were invited to formally mourn for the first time.
The June 11, 1995 massacre in Srebrenica remains the worst mass killing that has taken place in Europe since World War II.
The 8,000 Bosnian Muslims killed that day were part of an estimated 100,000 people killed during the Bosnian War.