The announced celebration of the birthday of Hungarian President Viktor Orban and the birthday of the owner of Pink TV Zeljko Mitrovic, scheduled on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the White Ribbon Day in Prijedor, has failed, images from this Bosnian town show.
According to images made by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) reporter Azra Husaric the town square was empty and a number of apartments and homes displayed white sheets on their windows marking the beginning of the Prijedor massacre.
MUP RS-a zabranio je mirnu šetnju povodom Dana bijelih traka, ali su organizatori pozvali na mirno okupljanje koje je dozvoljeno. Na pojedinim prijedorskim stanovima danas su, u znak sjećanja na 31. maj 1992. godine, istaknute bijele plahte.@BIRN_BiH @EnesHodzic6 pic.twitter.com/1KUMkpoXSW
— Azra Husarić (@HusaricAzra) May 31, 2022
The Day of White Ribbons marks the memory of 3,176 killed Prijedor civilians.
On May 31, 1992, the local Bosnian Serb government ordered all non-Serbs in the Prijedor area to mark their houses and homes with white sheets and to wear white ribbons on their arms so as to distinguish them from Serbs.
This was an introduction to the ethnic cleansing of the non-Serb population in the Prijedor area. During the next three and a half years, 3,176 people were killed in and around Prijedor. Tens of thousands of people were sent to concentration camps (Omarska, Trnopolje and Keraterm), where they were subjected to mass executions, rape, various forms of torture, as well as crimes against humanity. Among those killed in Prijedor were 102 children under the age of 18.