Ivanovic’s nephew to Srpska Lista: Perhaps you will understand Oliver’s appeals from the place you are standing 2 years on

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Aleksandar Ivanovic

As much as the absence of Srpska Lista in recalling the murder of Oliver Ivanovic has been questionable so far, so is their subsequent presence. What changed today? And why are they marking the anniversary of the murder today? – the nephew of the assassinated Kosovo Serb politician, Aleksandar Ivanovic reacted to the news that Srpska Lista came to the scene of the murder to commemorate the two year anniversary of the assassination of Oliver Ivanovic, whose perpetrators and instigators have yet to be found.

It is hypocrisy and blatant political abuse of him and his work, Ivanovic underlined in a written statement to KoSSev. They continued to make divisions in our society with the message – if you are not with them, then you are a traitor. Only if you bow down to them will you be acknowledged. Oliver did not want to be with them and he was a traitor, and until Ksenija Bozovic joined the Civic Initiative with Srpska Lista, they did not even mark the anniversary of his death.

That is why it is absurd that they marked the anniversary of the death of Oliver Ivanovic, a man who has always fought against divisions and aggression – Aleksandar Ivanovic also said.

The Ivanovic family commemorated the two-year anniversary of the murder at the New Cemetery in Belgrade at 11 a.m. today, in the Alley of Meritorious Citizens, where Ivanovic was buried. His first wife, Marina Ivanovic, accompanied by his friends and colleagues from North Mitrovica, marked the anniversary at the same time at the scene of the murder. Earlier in the day, in both cities, the representatives of the authorities and those close to them also held a commemoration – Ivanovic’s longtime partner, Milena Popovic, with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and other state and SNS representatives, in the Temple of St. Sava in Belgrade, while Ivanovic’s closest colleague, Ksenija Bozovic and Srpska Lista did the same in North Mitrovica.

Below we publish the entire address of the nephew of Oliver Ivanovic – Aleksandar Ivanovic:

It’s been two years since Oliver’s murder and his friends and family have gathered many times at the scene of the murder, marking many monthly anniversaries and the one year anniversary of the time Oliver was finally barred from his fight – with five bullets to the back. Representatives of Srpska Lista have never appeared at these commemorations so far, and none of them even appeared when Oliver was killed. One of the more prominent people in this city was killed and they, as the people who run the city, were nowhere to be found either that day or the next. You almost couldn’t even see them on the street by accident.

The question arises – then why those who did not mark the anniversary of the murder last year did so today?

As much as their absence was questionable so far, so is their subsequent presence. What changed today?

The only change is that Oliver’s former associate, Ksenija Bozovic, decided to join the Civic Initiative to Srpska Lista in the recent Kosovo elections.

With this hypocrisy, this blatant political abuse of him and his work, they continued to divide our society and broadcast the following message: If you are not with them – and Oliver did not want to be with them – then you are a traitor, and only if you bow down to them, you will be acknowledged. So, when he was alive and fighting against their politics, Oliver was a traitor, and until Ksenija Bozovic joined the Civic Initiative to Srpska Lista, they did not even mark the anniversary of his death.

It is absurd that those who make such divisions are now commemorating the anniversary of the death of Oliver Ivanovic – a man who always fought against divisions, aggression and who advocated a normal life in the environment from which he came from.

Perhaps now, at the spot they are standing two years after the murder, they will finally understand all his appeals he publicly presented – that the policy of intimidation, aggression, videos in which someone is labeled as a traitor, thus a target is drawn on his back, never ends well and that someone might get hurt in such an atmosphere.

His words now resonate much more strongly because exactly where they stand today, someone shot him in the back and all his warnings about the consequences of creating such a devastating atmosphere came true.

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