July 14, 2013 in Nation/World

Bosnian women visit massacre site

Aida Cerkez Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – A group of women broke through a police cordon Saturday and entered a former warehouse in Bosnia to lay flowers where their loved ones were killed during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Bosnian Serb police said they didn’t use force, but the women – who are Muslim Bosniaks – alleged that the police beat them, injuring eight.

The head of the Bosnian Serb police, Gojko Vasic, said the women had no permission to enter the facility because it is private property but that they cut their way through a fence. He said one woman hit a police officer over the head with her mobile phone.

On July 11, 1995, Serb forces overran the eastern town of Srebrenica and executed more than 8,000 Muslim Bosniak men and boys.

Relatives of the victims have never been allowed to visit the warehouse to pay their respects.

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