ZAGREB, October 6, 2018 – Vukovar Deputy Mayor Srđan Milaković from the ranks of the Serb minority said on Friday that ethnic Serbs from Vukovar too have reason to ask that a protest rally announced for October 13 be an incentive for state institutions, after 27 years, to shed light on the fate of all war victims, including Serb civilians, and to bring those responsible to justice.
After the protest’s organisers announced the programme for the rally in Vukovar, which says that the rally will be addressed by the victims of the war, the question is, does that mean that the rally will be addressed too by the descendants of victims from the Serb community to speak about the suffering they and their families endured, Milaković said in a press release.
Milaković further asks if that will be a protest at which all victims will be equal, regardless of the ethnicity of the victims and the perpetrators, or if the role of the perpetrators of the crimes will be reserved only for Serbs.
He claims that “prior to the war events, from May to August 1991, several dozen ethnic Serbs from Vukovar were executed, taken from their work stations or homes, never to return.”
“Some of them are still listed as missing and no one has been held responsible for their fate, even though in some cases there are eyewitnesses who have survived. Therefore, when today one says that criminals are walking the streets of Vukovar, it is necessary to be very cautious,” Milaković said.
He added that therefore Vukovar Serbs had cause to ask that state institutions shed light on the fate of Serb civilians too and that the perpetrators be brought to justice, even though, considering the practice until now and the current circumstances, that seems unrealistic.