Motorcycle marathon to mark Srebrenica massacre's 18th year

Over 200 motorcycled commemorators have departed from Sarajevo on Wednesday to mark the 18th year of the Srebrenica massacre in Potocari, where the invading Serbian troops killed 8,000 Muslims during the 1995 war.

Motorcycle marathon to mark Srebrenica massacre's 18th year

Over 200 motorcycled commemorators have departed from Sarajevo on Wednesday to mark the 18th year of the Srebrenica massacre in Potocari, where the invading Serbian troops killed 8,000 Muslims during the 1995 war.

The motorcyclists aim to arrive at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, known as the Potocari Memorial Cemetery, on July 11 to commemorate the victims of the 1995 genocide.

There will be more motorcyclists joining the marathon in towns en route to Srebrenica in Semizovats, Olovo, Kladanj, Vlasenitsa ve Konyevic Polye.

The commemorators are expected to arrive in Potocari on Wednesday evening and will place a wreath on the monument at Potocari Memorial Cemetery.

On Thursday, 409 more victims of the massacre including a baby will be buried after proper identification procedures have been completed, bringing the total number of the buried to 6,066. The exact number of deaths is believed to be much higher.

July 11, 1995 marked the slaying of more than 8,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) boys and men, perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica, a town in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In addition to the killings, more than 20,000 civilians were expelled from the area—a process known as ethnic cleansing. The genocide as the worst episode of mass murder within Europe since World War II, helped galvanize the West to press for a cease-fire that ended three years of warfare on the Bosnian territory.

However, it left deep emotional scars on survivors and enduring obstacles to political reconciliation between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.

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