Sarajevo High Schooler Angers Tuzla by Defacing Massacre Memorial

A Sarajevo high school student outraged locals in the northern Bosnia city of Tuzla by spraying graffiti on a memorial to the victims of a shelling massacre in the city during the Bosnian war. The 18-year-old man sprayed the acronyms of Sarajevo football fan groups on the Kapija memorial in central Tuzla, at the site where a shell fired from Bosnian Serb army positions killed 71 and wounded some 200 in 1995. 

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Tuzla police identified and arrested the student, who came to the city with a group of students from several Sarajevo high schools. The 18-year-old was released to the teachers with the group after questioning. The buses with students and teachers on a field trip were then escorted from the city by the police.

Early in the evening of May 25, 1995, a single shell was fired at the city of Tuzla. The shell struck the Kapija district, which was popular among local youths. Most of the victims were aged between 18 and 25.

“We condemn most severely this act of vandalism and demand that the perpetrator is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The desecration of Kapija monument inflicted severe pain and an unexpected blow to the parents and relatives of the victims of Kapija massacre, and to all citizens of Tuzla,” the city administration said in a press release.

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