Belgrade to honour a modern day hero

28/02/2013

A campaign to name a Belgrade street after wartime hero Srdjan Aleksic has the support of city authorities.

By Lily Lynch for Southeast European Times in Belgrade -- 28/02/13

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A Belgrade street will be named after Srdjan Aleksic. [Nikola Barbutov/SETimes]

Serbs are circulating an online petition calling for Belgrade to name a street after Srdjan Aleksic, a young Bosnian Serb who died protecting his Bosnian Muslim friend from an attack by Serbian soldiers in the town of Trebinje in 1993.

Aleksic came to the aid of Alen Glavovic, who was being beaten by soldiers looking for Muslims in the city's central market. Four soldiers then began beating Aleksic.

He slipped into a coma and succumbed to his injuries several days later, on January 27th 1993. One of his attackers was killed in the war, while the others were sentenced to two and a half years in prison each.

"The story of Srdjan affects people in ways that few stories do," Matija Bogdanovic, city of Belgrade councillor, said. "We all feel as if he was our own next of kin in a way. The obituary written by his father Rade said, 'He died while performing his duty as a human being,' which is a cautionary and thought-provoking message. If more people were indeed taking care of performing their duty as human beings, there would be no one left to lead the senseless wars of our past."

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