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TERRORISM IN KOSOVO
PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 13...
Protest march along the main Belgrade streets
STOP TERRORISM AGAINST SERBS IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Thousands of people pay
tribute to Gorazdevac victims
August 25, 2003
BELGRADE -- Monday - Several thousand people assembled last night in
central Belgrade to pay last tribute to the two Serb teenagers recently
killed in the Kosovo village of Gorazdevac.
People from a number of Serbian cities lit candles for the victims and
expressed hope that crimes such as that in Gorazdevac would not be
Aleksandar Milovanovic, executive director of the Democratic Youth
Association of Kosovo that organised the rally, said that the death of
teenagers Pantelija Dakic and Ivan Jovovic proves that Kosovo Serbs live
and die in fear.
"We are asking for the right to live, because a Serbia in which children
get killed cannot be a country with a future”, said Milovanovic.
He said it was time that the international community started applying in
Kosovo the same human rights standards that are applied in all other
The organisers announced peaceful protests in front of embassies if the
killers are not caught in the near future.
Commemoration services were held in churches around Serbia
ARE YOU SILENT SERBIA?
Several hundred expelled Kosovo Serbs protest
in Belgrade against terrorist attack in Gorazdevac
By Jelena Tasic
- At the protest held on Saturday in Republic Square in Belgrade against
the terrorist attack in Gorazdevac on August 13 in which two Serb children
were killed and four other Serb children seriously wounded, several
hundred citizens, primarily expelled Kosovo Serbs, requested from the
international community that "the murderers are brought to justice,
terrorist leaders and their associates arrested and immediately extradited
to the Hague, and Serbs enabled to return to Kosovo and Metohija."
The Serbia and Montenegro government was asked for "more intensive
activity in resolving the Kosovo problem as national issue number one, the
unity of all relevant political forces, and the ratification of the
Declaration on Kosovo and Metohija."
The protest procession passed through the center of the city from Republic
Square to the small church of St. Sava in Vracar, where the priests of the
church and all priests from Kosovo and Metohija presently serving in
Belgrade served a commemoration service(parastos) for Pantelija Dakic and
Ivan Jovovic, the murdered boys from Gorazdevac, and Dragan Tonic from
Skulenovo. Gorazdevac residents who on Saturday wished to attend the
protest in Belgrade, it was said at the gathering, were not permitted by
international forces to leave the Metohija village near Pec.
"Bearing the cross has been our fate since Good Friday. But we Christians
believe in both Good Friday and in Easter (the Resurrection). We believe
in the victory of good over evil. All those who stayed in Gorazdevac,
Velika Hoca and other locations in Kosovo and Metohija have chosen the
Eternal Kingdom, the Holy Prince Lazar's Kingdom, believing in ultimate
divine justice and the triumph of good over evil. May God receive the
souls of Ivan, Pantelija, Dragan and all who perished in Kosovo and
Metohija, and may He give us the strength to prevail on the path of good,"
said Fr. Trajan Kojic in his homily following the service.
According to the public statement of the Information Service of the
Serbian Orthodox Church, the parastos in the small church of St. Sava in
Vracar was also attended by Nebojsa Covic, the head of the Joint
Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija. Although originally scheduled
to be held in St. Sava's Cathedral, the venue was changed to the small
church of St. Sava, too small to receive the almost one thousand people
who filled the churchyard in the withering Belgrade heat.
"Thaci to The Hague," "Murderers, murderers," "Why are you silent,
Serbia?" "Let's go to Kosovo" echoed through the streets of downtown
Belgrade as the protest procession made its way to Terazije, where it
stopped in front of the Serbian parliament building to leave pictures of
Pantelija Dakic and Ivan Jovovic, as well as in front of the Serbian
government building and Slavija Square. Carried at the head of the
procession were pictures of the murdered boys wrapped in black bands of
mourning, and Serbian flags.
The protest gathering in Republic Square began with a minute of silence
and the signing of the book of condolences next to the message "It is a
sin to remain silent." Among those present was Gojko Savic, a Serb member
of the presidency of the provisional Kosovo parliament. Milijanko Portic,
a native of Gorazdevac presently living in Belgrade, emphasized that
"August 13 is to Gorazdevac what September 11, 2001 is to New York" and
asked the international community "How many Serb children must die before
the world feels any sense of shame and calls what is happening in Kosovo
and Metohija by its rightful name?"
"The lives of the boys killed in Gorazdevac are deeds for the Serbs to
remain in Kosovo and Metohija but also for us to return there so that
their sacrifice is not in vain. Shots fired at our children are shots
fired at our return but that return depends on us alone. We will return to
our homes. If we give up the Pec Patriarchate, we will cease to exist as a
nation," said Vojislav Stijovic of the League of Kosovo and Metohija
Associations, who organized the protest in Republic Square. His speech was
accompanied by shouts of "Home, home."
Simo Spasic of the Association of Families of Killed, Missing and
Kidnapped Persons in Kosovo and Metohija told politicians that "they will
have to give an accounting before the people, who will enter the
parliament if necessary." He emphasized that Kosovo Serbs "will never
recognize a Kosovo government consisting of those who killed soldiers,
policemen and innocent civilians."
The Democratic Youth Association of Kosovo and Metohija announced the
lighting of candles yesterday afternoon in Republic Square in memory of
those killed in Gorazdevac.
"August 13 - WHY DID THEY KILL THEM"
Protesters in Belgrade
Commemoration service (Panychida)
Nis - In the churchyard of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in the city of
Nis a protest meeting of Nis citizens was held yesterday at 11.55 against
the most recent events in Kosovo and Metohija. The Rt. Rev Bishop Irinej
of Nis served a commemoration service for all Serb victims in Kosovo and
Metohija, as well as the murdered boys from Gorazdevac.
At the protest meeting, organized by the Movement to Protect the Rights of
the Expelled and Return to Kosovo and Metohija, the international
community was asked to ensure security, peace, respect for human rights,
the right to life and freedom of movement for the non-Albanian population,
"We ask that the victims in Gorazdevac be the last and that those who
committed this act of terrorism be brought to justice," said Nada Nikolic,
journalist from Pristina and member of the Movement. The protest and
commemoration service was also attended by Serbian ministers Dr. Dragan
Domazet and Branislav Lecic, and local government officials. Among those
who lit candles for the repose of the souls of the murdered boys were
Zdravko Sotra, director of the movie "Pljacka Treceg rajha" (The Looting
of the Third Reich) and actress Sloboda Micalovic. (Tanjug)
Most of the demonstrators wore yellow, grey and navy shirts with several
are Europe - You are Serbia," "KLA+KPC+LAPBM=Terror,"
"Thaci+Haradinaj+Cheku+Selimi=Hague," "VJ+MUP=IN, KFOR+UNMIK=OUT." *
Protestors also carried signs reading "Children are the joy of the world
but ours are targets for terrorists. Why?" "August 13, 2003. Why did they
kill them? Gorazdevac" "Who is protecting the terrorists" "Daddy, what is
* KLA - Kosovo Liberation Army, KPC - Kosovo Protection Corps, LAPBM -
Liberation Army of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, VJ - former Yugoslav
Army, now Serbia and Montenegro Army, MUP - Serbian police, members of the
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Serb children of Gorazdevac who
witnessed attack of
Albanian terrorists at Bistrica river live under constant depression
Dr. Petrovic - GORAZDEVAC
CHILDREN IN DEPRESSION
August 25, 2003
Prof. Dr. Novica Petrovic visited Gorazdevac village and interviewed the
children who were at the Bistrica river bank when two young Serbs were
killed. In his statement for the KIM Radio Dr. Petrovic said that both the
children and other villagers are frustrated. They are overwhelmed by
anxiety, psychological and physical fatigue which is followed by acute
symptoms of depression. Prof. Pertrovic emphasised that the children can
have serious traumas in future. They constantly see in fron of their eyes
the immage of the carnage and experience a conflict with their
consciousness. Which is the worst, the children try to compensate their
fear and when asked if they were afraid they unanimously stated that they
would not stay to live there. It is a terrible mistake that these children
were left to themselves and that there are no rehabilitation programs
which might help them to overcome their anxiety. If this continues, Dr.
Petrovic fears that the children might loose the feeling of their own
value, self-respect and self-assurednes. We need an urgent action, said
Dr. Petrovic who has made a special report on this issue for the
Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija.
Thousands of candles were lit for the
children of Gorazdevac
and peace in volatile province of Kosovo-Metohija
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