Friday, July 11, 2008


MOSTAR, Bosnia (July 11,2008) - The well known British actor Ralph Fiennes was verbally assaulted in the southern Bosnian town of Mostar after mentioning a Croatian general on trial for war crimes.

The incident, reflects still lingering ethnic and political tensions in the region.Croatian fascist barbarians attacked Bosnia in the early 1990's committing numerous war crimes against Bosnian people and destroying numerous Bosnian cultural and religious monuments.

Fiennes, who is well known for his roles in movies such as the English Patient and Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, has been touring Croatia and Bosnia for the past few days in search of a location for his new movie.

On Wednesday he visited Mostar where he dined at a local restaurant. In the discussion over the lunch, he asked his local counterparts about the Croatian general Ante Gotovina, whose pictures he saw in the Croatian town of Split. Gotovina is currently under trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in the Hague.

Bosnian actor and producer Miro Barnjak, who was accompanying Fiennes, told Bosnian daily Dnevni Avaz that a Bosnian man sitting at the next table warned them that political topics were not allowed in the restaurant. As they disregarded the warning, the man stood up and verbally assaulted the group, telling them they are not allowed to talk about Croatian generals there.

Barnjak added that following the incident Fiennes and his entourage left the restaurant.

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