Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Serbs protest Kosovo shootings

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Serbia-Montenegro, Dec 27 (AFP) -

Some 1,000 Serbs took to the streets of Mitrovica on Tuesday, voicing their anger after two Serbs were shot and wounded in the ethnically divided town in Kosovo.

"The latest attacks show that ethnic cleansing is happening," shouted protesters at the demonstration in the centre of the mainly Serb-populated northern part of the town.

"If UNMIK (the UN mission in Kosovo) cannot guarantee our security, there is only solution left -- the return of Serbian military and police" to the province of Kosovo, they said.

The gathering was held in response to the shooting of two ethnic Serbs in Mitrovica early Monday. Both victims were taken to hospital, and one of them is recovering from an operation on gunshot wounds to his stomach.

Kosovo has been administered by the United Nations and NATO since June 1999, when the alliance's intervention ended a crackdown by Belgrade-controlled forces against separatist ethnic Albanian rebels.

More than 200,000 ethnic Serbs have since fled the province fearing reprisals from Albanians after the 1998-1999 conflict, according to Serbia's government.

Out of the estimated 80,000 Serbs who remain in Kosovo, some 30,000 live in enclaves in the central part of the province, as ethnic tensions remain high.

Albanians, who outnumber Serbs and other minorities in Kosovo by more than nine to one, are seeking independence from Serbia in the recently opened talks on the province's future status.

1 comment:

Kristian said...

My sympathies to the families of those two individuals and a speedy recovery to both if they are still with us.

I have several question: Why do the serbs protest when they don't know who did the shootings?

Are they racist in automatically assuming it was an Albanian that did the shooting?

In the sarajevo bombing of the market, the west was horrified by the massacre when the serbs were blamed, but come to find out it was the Bosnian muslims that orchastrated the bombing!

Now was this orchastated by the serbs to get Western or worldwide sympathy towards them?

They ask for the Serbian military to come in. Why? They have the french there to protect them.

Or do they want them (serbian army) there to have a hold on the north region so they can use the occupied region as a barganing chip during the talks?

Or to occupy the rich mines so they can be annexed to serbia?

There are a lot of questions to be asked about these shootings.

Now if the shootings were done by albanians, then I believe the law should be fully enforced and the maximum sentence applied. A crime is a crime. But if it was orchastrated by the serbs or by belgrade, then I think those that were involved (from the person that pulled the trigger to the ppl that ordered it and those that collaborated or helped) should be put to trial for causing such strife amongst the ppl and a Judge should implement the maximum sentence possible for the crime committed. If it was committed by one individual serb or Albanian the same should apply. But it shouldn't automatically be assumed that it was an albanian without having proof, undeniable proof, that is.