The Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) announced Friday that it had received a decision banning the gathering announced for November 9, when the removal of the mural of convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic on the corner of Njegoseva and Aleksa Nenadovica streets in Belgrade was planned.
The gathering and removal of the mural were coordinated with the association of residents, based on the decision on the removal of the mural issued by the Utility Inspection, the Initiative said, adding that they wanted to help physically remove the mural and called on people to jointly oppose war criminals in public.
The explanation of the ban on the gathering states that “there could be a physical conflict between them, due to the gathering of a larger number of people who would express their displeasure and opposition to the gathering.”
Activist Natasa Kandic said on her Twitter profile that the gathering at which the mural was to be deleted was banned by Minister Vulin.
“The Ministry of the Interior of Serbia (read. Minister Vulin) annulled the decision of the utility inspection to remove the mural from the building, in the defence of Ratko Mladic. It is an encouragement and support for a thousand new murals to war criminals. A shameless government,” Kandic wrote
Ratko Mladic was sentenced to life imprisonment before the Hague Tribunal for genocide in the east-Bosnian town of Srebrenica and crimes against humanity against non-Serbs during the 1992-1995 war in the country.