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26 Jun 2013

Pionirska street massacre in Visegrad

On June 14th 1992, in Pioneer Street (Pionirska Ulica) in Visegrad, around 70 Bosniak civilians, (women, children and elderly) were locked by paramilitary serbian troops and burnt alive in a house in Visegrad. 59 were killed, at least, only 8 survived. Milan Lukic (life imprisonment) and Sredoje Lukic (27 years), were convicted for their crimes. Every year, relatives and survivors come to Visegrad for a ceremony that keeps the memory of the massacre organised by the NGO Women victims of war. Visegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

15 Jun 2013

Peaceful anti-government demonstration in Sarajevo

A glance at the peaceful anti-government demonstration held the 11th of june in front of the national parliament in Sarajevo. This bosnian multiethnic demonstration (people came from Banja Luka, Mostar, Bihac, Zenica), began last week as a small protest of parents pushing strollers to parliament to demand a new law be passed so their newborns could get national identity numbers (JMBG), needed to acquire passports and to have access to basic needs (health, education). The initial protest was sparked by media reports about a 3-month-old baby that needs life-saving medical treatment abroad, but couldn’t travel because the infant couldn’t get a passport until the government started issuing temporary numbers Wednesday… Some people call this demonstration “baby revolution” and maybe the beginning of a “Bosnian spring”. Actually, people are tired of a political class divided by ethnic questions and unwilling to solve everyday and real problems such as employment, health and education. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

12 Jun 2013

“Because I care”

A men attending the “white armband  international day”, in Prijedor, on the 31st of may 2013. On the same day in 1992, the Bosnian Serb authorities in Prijedor, a town in north western Bosnia and Herzegovina, issued a decree for all non-Serbs to mark their houses with white flags or sheets and to wear a white armband if they were to leave their houses. This was the first day of an ethnic cleansing action that resulted in executions, concentration camps, rapes and the removal of the majority of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats from this area. Yesterday, people marched silently and peacefully in the streets of Prijedor in order to struggle against the denial of crimes committed in this area. The main slogan of the international campaign was: “jer me se tice” (Because I care). According to local media, the peaceful march was called by the mayor of Prijedor, Marko Pavic, an “ordinary gay parade”.

Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

1 Jun 2013