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Centennial of murder that triggered World War One

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 02:08

Sarajevo marks the centennial of the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that triggered World War One. Gavino Garay reports.

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It's the 100th anniversary marking the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. It wasn an assassination that triggered the start of World War One, where more than 10 million soldiers died, and empires collapsed. He was killed on the morning of June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo by 19-year-old Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip. A group of teachers visiting Sarajevo said they wanted to live the historic moment. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HISTORY TEACHER FROM WISCONSIN BEN ZARWEEL, SAYING: "We're here because we are teachers from the United States and we wanted to come here to experience the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. So, we thought it would be a unique place to be and to see the sites where it happened, where so much happened during the 20th century." (SOUNDBITE) (English) HISTORY TEACHER FROM WISCONSIN JOE EASON, SAYING: "You know, it's unlike anything else. To be able to be here a hundred years after this very important event, to be able to see it, see the place firsthand, sort of stand in the very footsteps of [Gavrilo] Princip and these others, the Archduke and Sophie. It's a tremendous experience and something that I won't forget." But not all Sarajevo's residents are too pleased by the day's events. One man said he's upset to see money spent on an anniversary, when the country is still recovering from the worst flooding to ever hit the Balkans. (SOUNDBITE) (Bosnian) SARAJEVO RESIDENT ALDIN ARNAUTOVIC, SAYING: "Thousands of people lost their homes here only recently, thousands of people are still cleaning their homes and worrying about what their children will eat tomorrow, and at the same time those who have gathered in this building have decided to spend a few million to mark the beginning of the World War One slaughter. I find this absurd, to say the least." Leaders of Bosnian Serbs boycotted Sarajevo's World War One centenary. They held a ceremony of their own, honoring 19-year-old assassin who they regard as a hero and fighter against imperial occupation.

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Centennial of murder that triggered World War One

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 02:08