Bosnia Commemorates Austrian Archduke Shooting, Serbs Hail Murderer

World | June 28, 2014, Saturday // 16:30|  views

A replica of the car in which Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie drove on 28 June 1914 in front of the Museum of Sarajevo 1878-1918. In front of the building, Bosnian Serb assassin Gavrilo Princip shot Franz Ferdinand. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Bosnia's capital Sarajevo is marking 100 years since Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination in Sarajevo started World War I in 1914.

A concert by the Vienna Philharmonic is included in the program and designed to be the focal point of official ceremonies.

It is to be held at the legendary Sarajevo City Hall which suffered tremendously from the 1990s war, BalkanInsight reports.

But Bosnian Serbs are holding parallel commemorations of the event, after a ceremony held Friday in largely Serb-populated Eastern Sarajevo unveiled a life-size statue of Franz Ferdinand's murderer Gavrilo Princip, A Bosnian Serb revolutionary which sought independence from Austria-Hungary.

In Andricgrad, a mini-town director Emir Kusturica created in eastern Bosnia's Visegrad Serbian and Bosnian Serb leaders are also due to unveil a mosaic portraying Princip.

The events have also divided politicians in the country, with Bosnian Serb member of the three-people Presidency attending the statue's unveiling and boycotting the official ceremonies Saturday.

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Tags: Bosnia, Bosnian Serbs, Sarajevo, City Hall, Vienna Philharmonic, Gavrilo Princip, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Visegrad, Andricgrad


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