Protests grow as Peter Handke receives Nobel medal in Sweden

Protests grow as Peter Handke receives Nobel medal in Sweden

Austrian author Peter Handke has received his Nobel prize for Literature at a ceremony in Sweden.

Protesters in Stockholm and Sarajevo have denounced the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature to Austrian author Peter Handke over his support for Serbia during the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

The event, however, at Stockholm Concert Hall was boycotted by representatives of the embassies of Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Turkey, as well as by one member of the awarding body, reports AlJazeera.

Handke, 76, was recognised for “an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience”, the Academy said when the award was announced in October.

But a 58,000-strong petition called for the award to be revoked.

“The problem with Handke is his refusal to admit genocide on the Bosnian population in the 1990s,” said Adnan Mahmutović, one of the organisers of Tuesday’s demonstration in Stockholm, reports BBC News.