380 BARRICADES REMOVED FROM THE STREETS // 03. 1996.
MUHAMED SACIRAGIC // DIRECTOR OF THE CENTROTRANS, TRANSPORTATION COMPANY
ORAL HISTORY - INTERVIEW
ORAL HISTORY - TRANSCRIPT

March 1996

Muhamed Saciragic
Director of a Centrotrans, Transportation Company
380 BARRICADES REMOVED FROM THE STREETS

‘In March ’96 peace was already on the horizon. It had a kind of firmness and stability. The town had its war iconography in the sense of those barricades; many buses formed the barricades, cars, containers and so on. I can tell you that I found it difficult to get used to open streets. With no more barricades. The barricades had given a kind of feeling of security. Four years of war and of gauging where the sniper was shooting from had created certain reflexes, and one had got used, during the war, to trust barricades, to trust containers.’

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MARCH 1996


• The siege of the capital, Sarajevo, is officially lifted by the members of the Federal Police, accompanied by IFOR and international allies. The police first arrive through the road from Sarajevo to Visoko and thus open the capital of Bosnia.
• Avdo Hebib, Minister of the Interior of the Federation, on a ride through free roads, symbolically opens the road from Sarajevo to Zenica and Tuzla. On the occasion, Avdo Hebib says: "I declare to all citizens that Sarajevo has been opened. This is a moment that will enter into history." In Ilijas insignia of the state of BiH is posted in public.
• Alexander Ivanko, spokesman for the UN: "All industrial and other equipment from the suburbs will be taken away by orders from the highest officials in the Republika Srpska.”


• American and Russian troops carry out joint patrols in eastern Bosnia.


• The Vatican: "Sarajevo should be given an award for its resistance to this Holocaust."


• Visas for Croatia are abolished.
• Terror in Grbavica: Looters roam freely, people barricade themselves in their homes. The school in Grbavica is set on fire.


• According to the Dayton Peace Agreement, Annex 9, BiH obtains a unique international telephone code for its entire territory: 387
• Hadzici is opened through peaceful reintegration.


• Ilidza is opened on March 12th, 1996 through peaceful reintegration.
• The Mayor of Sarajevo, Tarik Kupusovic, resigns.


• Conflict between Europe and the United States over the arming of the Bosnian army.


• Bakir Alispahic, head of AID is removed from duty at the request of the United States: "AID is associated with secret training camps of terrorists who were planning attacks against the 20,000 U.S. troops in Bosnia."


• Grbavica in flames. Looting, lawlessness.
• The European edition of the "Oslobodjenje" is published.


• Through peaceful reintegration Grbavica is opened. Vraca, Faletici, Mrkovici, Spicasta stijena and Gornje Biosko are liberated.
• The "Centrotrans" transit company removes containers that provided refuge on the streets of Sarajevo. There were 380 structures "for protection”: cars, trolleybuses, buses, concrete slabs.
• The BiH Army withdraws to its barracks.

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