Marking the Remembrance Day for all Serbs killed and expelled during the armed operation “Storm” held in Sremska Rača
04/08/2020

The commemoration of the Day of Remembrance for all the victims and expelled Serbs in the armed operation „Storm” was held tonight in Sremska Rača.

The President of Srpska Željka Cvijanović, the Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić and the Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić met on the bridge in Sremska Rača and were welcomed by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

The President of the Republic of Srpska stated that the criminal operation of the Croatian army and police „Storm” represents the severe suffering of civilians and ethnic cleansing, which never got its true epilogue.

“No one has ever properly condemned it within the international community. That operation expelled people and made that area ethnically clean. Today, it put Serbs in Croatia in a situation where they lost their constituency and became a minority, which does not mean much to all those who create politics there”, said the President Cvijanović.

The President of the Republic emphasized that the victims of the „Storm” must never be forgotten, because the victims were the elderly, children and civilians, tortured people who were expelled from their homes.

“These were not soldiers with rifles, it was not anyone who fought at that time, but simply these were the population forced to flee”, it was emphasized by the President Cvijanović.

According to the President of Srpska, it is good that these people have found their homes, mostly in Serbia and in the Republic of Srpska, and that they are integrated into the community.

“However, that does not diminish the fact that they were brutally expelled in that way and that they were killed while leaving their homes”, said the President Cvijanović.

The President of the Republic pointed out that a demanding and sad fact remains, which shows that there is great hypocrisy when it comes to the international community, that victims are not treated in the same way and that all those who deserved that punishment were never punished in the same way.

The Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik said that with the „Oluja” operation Croatia killed and expelled Serbs, but that the Serbs will not disappear and that the revenge of the Serbs is that they exist today.

The Serb member of the BiH Presidency reminded that in 1995, six-year-old Jovica Drča, nine-year-old Nevenka Rajić, nine-year-old Žarko Rajić and 13-year-old Darko Vuković were killed on Petrovačka cesta.

The Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik emphasized that the revenge of the Serbs is not and will not be death, but greater than that.

“Our revenge is greater than that, our revenge is life, our revenge is freedom, our revenge is peace, and that is strength greater than any evil. Our revenge is also the fact that we still exist today and that our people today have their freedom in their Republic of Srpska and their Republic of Serbia. Our revenge is that today there are Serbs who gathered to pay tribute to our victims, because if the plans were realised, which part was the criminal operation „Storm”, the Serbs would not exist”, said the Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik.

The Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik said that today, 25 years since the greatest ethnic cleansing in modern Europe, when 250,000 Serbs were expelled from their homes, it is time to say that for every Serb, the „Storm” is part of a genocidal plan for the disappearance of Serbs, the same one carried out by the Independent State of Croatia.

According to him, if in Croatia they thought that joining the EU would hide the traces of inhumanity, they were mistaken, because it would be enough for anyone from Europe or the world to make two censuses of that time and compare the numbers and wonder how only ten years later, there are several hundred thousand fewer Serbs in the area of today’s Croatia.

The Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik asked how someone could call it the “Homeland Thanksgiving Day”, to whom such thanksgiving is addressed, whether to those who wore symbols that read “For the Homeland Ready”, what is that homeland thanksgiving for? Is it because they set fire to 20,000 houses, killed 1,500 women, children and the elderly, and expelled 250,000 Serbs from their homes?

“If the homeland is grateful to them for that, it speaks enough about that day and that gratitude and it speaks about that country”, said the Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, emphasizing that with the “Storm” they killed and expelled Serbs, but that the Serb people did not disappeare nor will ever disappear. There are no storms, hurricanes or others that can wipe out the people from the site in whose foundations the Kosovo vow has been built, and the Holy Sacrament in the being, who loves freedom so much that has suffered for it for centuries.