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Mayor of Cambridge and city council mark 25th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

News release from 14 July 2020

THE MAYOR of Cambridge and the Imam of Cambridge Central Mosque commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre during a ceremony at the weekend.

The Mayor, Cllr Russ McPherson, Mayoress Carole McPherson and Imam Sejad Mekić lit candles at Great St Mary’s Church and at the Mosque in Mill Road, in remembrance of the murder of more than 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) by Bosnian Serb military forces in July 1995.

The massacre was the worst atrocity committed in Europe since the Second World War.

Cambridge City Council will also be marking the anniversary this week when it holds a minute’s silence at 5pm during its Full Council meeting on Thursday 16 July.

Cllr Russ McPherson, Mayor of Cambridge, said: “It was very moving to mark this sombre anniversary with Imam Mekić and to remember those who were killed in this unspeakable way 25 years ago.

“Actions like these can send a powerful message that the city of Cambridge stands unified against hatred, racism and the persecution of minority groups in all forms.”