Century old Muslim massacre remembered in Bosnia (World Bulletin)
- By World Bulletin/News Desk
The Bosnians and Albanians who were shot in the cities of Plav and Gusinde for not converting from Islam in 1913 when the Treaty of Berlin granted the territory of the Ottoman Empire to Montenegro have not been forgotten in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Upon the decision of the Islamic Union of Bosnia and Herzegovina, following the Friday prayer, a funeral prayer was held at the historic Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque in the capital Sarajevo for the massacred Bosnian and Albanian Muslims.
President of the Islamic Association of Montenegro (Director of Religious Affairs) Rifat Fejzic said in a previously made statement that a funeral prayer will be held on March 5 in Plav and Gusinde for the Bosnians and Albanians in questions who lost their lives.
What happened in Plav and Gusinde?
Following the Balkan War which Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro forces initiated against the Ottoman Empire in 1912, the Ottomans lost Rumelia which they had once considered the “homeland.”
After the withdrawal of the Ottomans from this geography, Muslim peoples such as the Turks, Bosnians and Albanians living in the area were subjected to massacres, deportations and forced conversions to Christianity.
It is recorded that following the withdrawal of the Ottomans from the region, and the inclusion of Plav and Gusinde in the territory of Montenegro, over a thousand Bosnians and Albanians were killed by Montenegrin soldiers while more than 10 thousand Muslims were subjected to forced religious conversions.