Angry Crowd Pelts Fleeing Serbian PM With Stones

Amna Shoaib
The prime minister was attacked while attending the 20th anniversary of the mass murders of Bosnian Muslims.

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was booed at and forced to flee the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre at a graveyard in Bosnia-Herzgovina Saturday.

Aleksandar Vucic

A crowd of several thousand had gathered at a mass grave housing approximately 6,000 Bosnian boys and men, to attend the funeral of the 136 newly found bodies that were identified through DNA analysis.

The mood at the funeral grew angry and resentful at the arrival of the prime minister of Serbia, a country that backed Bosnian Serbs during the inter-ethnic war of the 1990s. Bosnian Serbs are held culpable of killing 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

Serbian PM, srebrenica massacre

Shortly after his arrival, the crowd began to chant "Allahu Akbar" (God is great") and shouting "genocide!" at him. Vucic was then pelted with bottles and stones and forced to leave the graveyard in a rush.

The Serbian government has been quick to respond. The incident was termed an assassination attempt by the country's interior minister, Nebojsa Stefanivic.

“It is an attack not only against Vucic but against all of Serbia and its policy of peace and regional cooperation,” Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in a statement.

Vucic himself took to Twitter to comment on the issue.

“Despite what happened in #Srebrenica, Bosnians still extend the hand of reconciliation,” Vucic wrote. “We have to live together in peace.”

Also present was Bill Clinton, the U.S. president at the time of the murders, who praised Vucic for his courage.

Although Vucic had unambiguously condemned the "horrible crimes" of the '90s, and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice, the term genocide to describe the mass, monstrous murders has angered Serbia. Last Wednesday, a UN resolution to call the events a genocide was vetoed by Russia.