SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Residents of Bosnia-Herzegovina are wearing white armbands to honor the thousands of people who were killed during a Serb ethnic cleansing campaign that began 20 years ago.
The armbands have become a symbol of the 3,000 non-Serbs who died during the campaign because it began in northwest Bosnia on May 31, 1992, with victims in Prijedor city being ordered to identify themselves as members of the minority by displaying white clothes on the windows of their dwellings or to wearing a white arm band.
Last week, Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats from Prijedor tried to get together there to commemorate the victims, but their gathering was banned by the local mayor.
That led them to urge Bosnians around the country to wear the white bands on Thursday, and many have complied.
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