31 July, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 31-07-03

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PRISTINA AGAIN TARGETED BY ATTACKERS

CONTENTS:

CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS PARISH HOME IN PRISTINA TARGETED AGAIN
The parish home of the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in Pristina was again stoned this evening, church sources in Kosovo reported to Beta.

DRASTICALLY DETERIORATED SECURITY SITUATION FOR SUVI DOL SERBS
After last week's arrival of the Danish KFOR to the village of Suvi Dol near Kosovska Mitrovica, the safety in region has drastically deteriorated. This can be confirmed through an increased number of physical attacks on Serbs, threats, and thefts, stated Rade Kragovic, a representative of the Serbs from this village.

MAKFAX: FBI CLAIMS ALBANIAN MAFIA IS AMONG MOST DANGEROUS MAFIA IN  WORLD
Albanian Mafia is among five most dangerous Mafiosi in the world involved in human trafficking, says the latest report by the FBI.

AFP: UN POLICE IN KOSOVO SEIZE HEROIN WORTH 800,000 EUROS
The search discovered some 18 kilograms (about 40 pounds) of heroin, drug paraphernalia, two illegal weapons and various other evidence. Two men in their mid-20s and a 29-year-old woman were arrested and a search is ongoing for a fourth suspect. All of the suspects are ethnic-Albanians.
 


Repeatedly targeted by Albanian Moslem hooligans
Serbian Orthodox Church in Pristina


SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH PARISH HOME IN PRISTINA AGAIN TARGETED BY ATTACKERS

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Beta News Agency, ERP KIM
July 30, 2003


PRISTINA - The parish home of the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in Pristina was again stoned this evening, church sources in Kosovo reported to Beta.

"The doors of the parish home and the church were hit by many stones," the sources told Beta, adding that this is yet another of a series of similar attacks in the past month.

The evening attack resulted in damage to the doors of the church and parish home . In previous attacks windows on both the church and the home were broken.

The Kosovo police is on the scene and conducting an investigation.

The Kosovo Electrical Power Company had turned off the electricity to the parish home and the church today, demanding that the parish priest pay a bill of 1,800 euros.

Albanian grafitti reading "muli" or "attack" has been written on the walls of the only functioning Serbian Orthodox church in Pristina for months.

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The church of St. Nicholas was built in 1830 on the grounds of the old Serbian Monastery of St. Nicholas, mentioned in the 16th century. This is also the only functioning Serbian Orthodox church in Pristina. At the moment only one of my priests, Fr. Miroslav Popadic, lives with his in the parish home and regularly serves holy services for the remaining 200 Serbs in Pristina. Fr. Miroslav is unable to walk safely even in his churchyard, let alone in the streets of Pristina. He is living in a state of siege and he performs his parish duties under constant risk.

At the end of 2002 KFOR protection was replaced by two police officers, one from the UNMIK police and the other from KPS. During February the church was guarded only by a single KPS officer. Since then the church has been left without any protection at all. At the same time attacks on this church multiplied with almost everyday verbal abuses and stoning which has caused much damage to the church property.



St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox church in Pristina, built in 1830 on the site
of the medieval Serbian Orthodox Monastery of St. Nicholas

Related texts:

COURYARD OF ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH IN PRISTINA SHOWERED WITH STONES AGAIN - PARISH HOME WINDOWS BROKEN, July 4, 2003 /erpkim04july03.html#5

KOSOVO: FURTHER ATTACKS ON ORTHODOX SITES, Forum 18, Oslo
/erpkim30june03b.html  June 30, 03

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PRISTINA STONED AGAIN BY ALBANIANS, June 27, 03
/erpkim27june03.html#1

KOSOVO: NO PROTECTION IN CAPITAL FOR ATTACKED ORTHODOX CHURCH AND PRIEST, Forum 18, Oslo - /erpkim15may03b.html May 15, 03
Despite repeated requests for protection, including requests made personally two weeks ago to the KFOR commander, adaquate protection for a Serbian Orthodox Church and its priest in Kosovo's capital Pristina has not been provided since the removal of KFOR guards at the end of 2002. Attacks have become frequent and on 10 May many church windows were broken. Parish priest Fr Miroslav Popadic told Forum 18 News Service that "I open the church gates only on Sunday mornings and on major holidays for the faithful to come to liturgy, otherwise, if someone comes to church without a call in advance I do not open the gates. When I visit local villages, I make the sign of the cross, sit in my car and drive fast at my own risk". KFOR's commander told Fr Popadic he "cannot give any more troops for the protection of churches". No arrests have been made since for the attacks on Orthodox churches since 1999 and KFOR has not replied to Forum 18 News Service's questions on this latest attack, or to questions about the security of Orthodox churches and monasteries.

SERBIAN CHRISTIANS ATTACKED BY MOB, Assist News Service, May 22, 2003
http://www.orthodoxnews.netfirms.com/Serbian%20Christians%20Attacked.htm

FARGOTTEN SERBS OF PRISTINA (pdf)
We feel as if not a single soul in the world cares about our future," says the vicar of Pristina Parish of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Father Miroslav Popadic. His view is shared by the handful of remaining Serbs from one of Pristina_s streets  known as Crkvena Mala, where the Church of Sveti Nikola is located
http://www.osce.org/kosovo/documents/details/february/eng/details_eng_february_10.pdf


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DRASTICALLY DETERIORATED SECURITY SITUATION FOR SUVI DOL SERBS

Free Serbia, Belgrade
Kosovska Mitrovica, July 30, 2003

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After last week's arrival of the Danish KFOR to the village of Suvi Dol near Kosovska Mitrovica, the safety in region has drastically deteriorated. This can be confirmed through an increased number of physical attacks on Serbs, threats, and thefts, stated Rade Kragovic, a representative of the Serbs from this village. He warned that the Serbs from this village are again forced to reconsider collectively leaving Suvi Dol.

"There is no freedom of movement. We are living in great fear," stated Kragovic and added that the Coordination center for Kosmet has to immediately "do something", if it wants the Serbs from Suvi Dol to survive.

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MAKFAX: FBI CLAIMS ALBANIAN MAFIA IS AMONG MOST DANGEROUS MAFIA IN WORLD
Albanian Mafia is among five most dangerous Mafiosi in the world involved in human trafficking, says the latest report by the FBI.

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MAKFAX
Tirana 7/30/03 1:01:19 PM


Albanian Mafia is among five most dangerous Mafiosi in the world involved in human trafficking, says the latest report by the FBI.

Tirana's media quote the report presented by Charles DeMore, the Assistant Director of Homeland Security Department within FBI, as saying that Albanian Mafia is dangerous and powerful, and it threatens the global stability with its activities and trafficking in human beings.

Among other five most dangerous mafia in the world are the Chinese mafia, the Japanese Jacuzzi, the Russian, the Ukrainian and the Albanian criminal networks.

FBI's report says some 700.000 to 2.000.000 are being trafficked, most of them are forced to prostitution and other illegal activities.

The main trigger of illegal activities was the collapse of communism and quite low living standards in the East-European countries and the countries of the so-called Third World. /end/

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UN POLICE IN KOSOVO SEIZE HEROIN WORTH 800,000 EUROS - ALL SUSPECTS ARE ETHNIC ALBANIANS

The search discovered some 18 kilograms (about 40 pounds) of heroin, drug paraphernalia, two illegal weapons and various other evidence. Two men in their mid-20s and a 29-year-old woman were arrested and a search is ongoing for a fourth suspect. All of the suspects are ethnic-Albanians.

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AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Pristina, Tuesday, 29-July-2003 7:20AM

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, July 29 (AFP) - UN police in Kosovo seized 18 kilograms of heroin intended for sale in western Europe after a weekend raid, a UN official said Tuesday.

The raid produced the largest-ever narcotics discovery in the Serbian province, with the value of the drugs estimated at 800,000 euros (920,000 dollars), UN police spokesman Derek Chappell said at a press briefing.

"The search discovered some 18 kilograms (about 40 pounds) of heroin, drug paraphernalia, two illegal weapons and various other evidence," he said.

Two men in their mid-20s and a 29-year-old woman were arrested and a search is ongoing for a fourth suspect. All of the suspects are ethnic-Albanians.

"Investigators believe Kosovo was a transit point for the heroin and the drugs were intended for sale in western Europe," Chappell said.

Kosovo has been under UN administration since NATO bombed Yugoslavia to force the withdrawal of Serb troops in early 1999.


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