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Gavrilo Princip "to have monument" in Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade, Serbia / "Centenary News" January 24, 2014

Centenary News
Novosti Jan. 22, 2014
Translated by: Tanja Bonny, Centenary News
Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News

Kalemegdan Park in Belgrade, Serbia / Photo: Wikipedia
The Serbian daily, Novosti, reports that an initiative by the Government of Serbia will see a monument to Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassin - Gavrilo Princip - erected in Kalemegdan Park, Belgrade, for the Centenary.

The monument will be revealed sometime before June 2014, with an identical statue also being built in eastern Sarajevo. This is in an effort to "rectify the injustice towards Princip", who has never had a monument dedicated to him.

Historian Mile Bjelajac states that: "Serbia is the home of the Serbian people [regardless] of where they were born - Princip was a freedom fighter and he deserves a place here".

Bjelajac states that the monument is not intended to be provocative to Europe, which, as a "cradle of old values", "needs to understand the motives of [Princip's] actions" as a "freedom fighter".


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