Incident at opening of memorial room dedicated to Djindjic

About 20 Croat returnees have prevented the opening of a memorial room dedicated to Zoran Djindjic, in the House of Peace in Tisina, near Samac, in Bosnia.

Source: Tanjug, RTRS
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

This has been reported by the public broadcaster of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, RTRS.

Instead of in the House of Peace, Professor Zarko Korac held his lecture in the Meteori restaurant, Tanjug agency said. Bosnia agency Fena, however, reported that the memorial room had been opened.

The Croat returnees prevented the lecture, "Facing the Past", which was to be delivered by Korac, a close associate of the Serbian prime minister who was assassinated in 2003.

While negotiations regarding the opening of the memorial room were ongoing, "there were threatening messages and criticism at the expense of Croatian priest Marko Orsolic and the guests from Serbia," reported RTRS.

Orsolic said that the Croats who had returned to the village of Tisina "did not understand their intentions."

"The behavior of the Croats from Tisina was arrogant and the House of Peace is not that, but a house of disquiet. This is sad, regrettable and shameful. Neither the House of Peace, not the Memorial Room to Zoran Djindjic will be in Tisina but in another location somewhere in Samac," said Orsolic.

Organizers said that residents opposed the lecture, so it was held in the restaurant instead.

Representatives of the International Multi-Religious and Intercultural Center, which organized the opening of the memorial room, also decided to halt the work of the House of Peace, said RTRS.

"The tragically killed Serbian prime minister was a representative of some other Serbia. People who have prevented the opening of the memorial room either do not know who Zoran Djindjic was, or belong to another world. The whole region has to change, people need to learn tolerance and must know they can live with the differences," said Korac.

Zoran Djindjic, who was assassinated on March 12, 2003, was born on August 1, 1952 in Samac, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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