Representatives of associations of genocide survivors, citizens and Bosniak politicians gathered spontaneously at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Centre in protest of the Nobel Prize award to Austrian author Peter Handke, known for his controversial views on the Srebrenica genocide, Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.
"We express our protest. The victims of genocide are being poisoned with great injustice from 1992 to this day. Awarding a Nobel Prize to someone who denies genocide is a reward for genocide denial. The question is, how long will this go on? How it possible that someone who denies genocide can be awarded any prize, let alone the Nobel Prize," Fadila Efendic, the head of the Srebrenica Mothers Association said.
Mejra Djogaz lost three sons, a husband and many other relatives in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.
"Our fate is a difficult one. My children were killed, my husband. And now someone who denies this, someone who denies that I had children is rewarded. They can reward whomever they want with whatever they want, but the truth is only one," she said.
Srebrenica Bosniak politicians agree that Handke's literature award is a shame for the Nobel Prize Committee.
“Peter Handke's award was a mistake. That writer is an apologist who drank coffees and brandy with those who committed the genocide. Wherever injustice is committed, it stands as a threat to justice everywhere. The injustice committed in Srebrenica has never been made right. That's why we have such cases where genocide apologists are awarded,” Deputy head of Srebrenica Municipality Hamdija Fejzic said.