Epoka e Re reports that in an interview with Belgrade-based Blic daily newspaper, political analyst and human rights activist Adem Demaçi warned about a new wave of violence against Serbs in Kosovo.
‘The Albanian majority has realised that no one is interested in its demands. There is unemployment, crime and other kinds of dissatisfaction in Kosovo. Everyone is talking about decentralisation and the interests of 7 to 8 per cent of Serbs. The people are blinded and they think that Serbs are to blame, and not Belgrade and UNMIK,’ said Demaçi, adding that violence could also be channelled to corrupted Albanian leaders.
Demaçi said a new wave of violence could be launched against Kosovo Serbs, ‘in dimensions that would make one forget about 17 March 2004’. According to Demaçi, the only way to prevent the bloodshed is for Kosovo to be granted its independence.
Commenting on Demaçi’s predictions, a retired Serbian general Ninoslav Krstic told Blic that there is a risk that the situation could get out of control on the eve of status talks. Krstic also warned that cases of individual violence could turn into mass violence if not quickly prevented by KFOR troops.