Ruins of Prizren churches after March Pogrom

Live video recording of destrucion of the church of St Andreas in Podujevo

ERP KIM Info-service
Gracanica, June 26 2004

We are enclosing exclusive photos and links with video material showing an attack of Kosovo Albanian rioters on the Orthodox church of St. Apostle Andrew in Podujevo. The church was built in 1929 and was set on fire and severely damaged by explosive during March riots when Kosovo Albanian extremists with more than 60.000 people destroyed 30 Orthodox churches nd 800 Serbian homes throughout the restive province.

Czech media confirmed that Czech soldiers guarding the shrine were forced to leave the church, which was destroyed together with the cemetery. A Czech officer confirmed in The Prague Post that he was deeply shocked by the fact that the Albanians dug up the human remains of the Serbs from their graves and scattered the bones.

(On the official site of the Serbian Orthodox Church this church is called by mistake a church of St. Elias)

PODUJEVO, March 18, 2004

Desecration of the church of St. Apostle Andrew in PodujevoThe video footage made by Kosovo Albanian local TV shows arrival of the mob, setting the church on fire and desecration of the shrine. Particularly brutal and shocking are the scenes showing destruction of crosses on the roof. These scenes clearly show that the March violence was not an act of "unknown or isolated groups of extremists" but a very well organized and coordinated pogrom directed against Kosovo Serbs and their holy sites. The film also shows that special brutality is demonstrated against symbols of the Christian European civilization. The film was broadcasted on BK Television (Belgrade) not long after the March riots.

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(the church after mining of the sanctuary)

Video link on the Site of the Coordination Center:

Drive-by kills Kosovo Serb teenager

(photo: the body of the murdered Serb teenager after he was shot)

Dimitrije Popovic, a Serb teenager killed by Kosovo Albanian extremists
in a hamburger shop in Gracanica, June 5, 2004

PRISTINA -- Saturday, 5 June 2004 -- A Serb teenager was shot and killed today in a drive-by shooting just outside Pristina.

Witnesses told police shots were fired from a white vehicle killing the 16-year-old, Dimitrije Popovic, a spokesman for the UN police told AFP.

Kent Stica said Kosovo's police force set up checkpoints soon after the shooting and spotted a suspicious vehicle which was then stopped and the occupants arrested.

"Two males were arrested and the vehicle seized in Pristina," Stica said, without disclosing the identities or the nationality of the suspects.

A UN police spokesman in charge of the capital Pristina however said the two arrested were ethnic Albanians.

"They are both ethnic Albanians," Malcolm Ashby told AFP.

He said police seized two weapons suspected of having been used in the shooting.

Police said the road towards Gracanica, where the shooting occurred, was blocked off by local and UN police and would remain closed until Monday as NATO-led peacekeepers and local police stepped up patrols in the area.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanian president, Ibrahim Rugova expressed his condolences to the family of slain boy and called upon the authorities to rapidly bring the perpetrators to justice.

The outgoing chief UN administrator, Harri Holkeri condemned the shooting and called upon Kosovo's people to renounce violence.

"Is that what the people of Kosovo really want? No, it can not be true," Holkeri, who on May 25 said he was stepping down from his post for health reasons, told journalists at Pristina airport.

A similar shooting in March had sent hundreds of Serbs protesting in the streets of Gracanica blocking the road for several days, irking ethnic Albanians who attempted to break through police barricades into the Serb-inhabited enclave.

The March violence left 19 dead and over 900 injured and pitted the two sides into deeper mistrust nearly sinking the United Nations' five-year efforts to reconcile the two ethnic groups.

Kosovo has been under UN and NATO control since June 1999.

Bishop Artemije and Serb political representatives from Belgrade
at the funeral of the killed Serb teenager in Gracanica

Kosovo Pogrom - March 17-20

Full reconstruction of the Kosovo pogrom, 15 – 20 March 2004

ERP KIM Info Service has received from well informed international sources in Kosovo a timeline of the incidents and events in Kosovo Province in the period between 15-20 March. At the moment the Diocese is actively collecting all available information on these events in which more than 4.000 Serbs have been left homeless, at least 8 Serbs died and around 30 churches have been either completely destroyed or seriously damaged by Kosovo Albanian mob. All available information and our contacts with different intelligence sources prove that the operation (called by some as Operation Matchstick) was carefully planned beforehand and that behind it are some of the Kosovo Albanian leaders.


Cathedral church of St. George in Prizren after it
was burned by Albanian mob

Devic Djakovica Pristina Lipljan Prizren Caglavica Obilic Kosovo Polje Bishop in Prizren Burning of St.Sava church in Mitrovica south Mitrovica riots Svinjare Vucitrn

(with a click on a photo on the map you will open a page with a gallery of thumbnail photos
with links to high resolution photos for each region)

Photo galleries March 17 Pogrom

Prizren, Prizren2 Devic
Obilic, Obilic2 Pristina
Lipljan Kosovo Polje
Djakovica Caglavica
Gnjilane Podujevo Podujevo2
Belo Polje, Belo Polje2 Bishop in Prizren
Mitrovica St. Sava Mitrovica Riots
Svinjare, Svinjare2 Vucitrn
St. Sava, Mitrovica 1 St.Sava, Mitrovica 2

Burning of Prizren (photos from BESIMI.COM)


Monks of Holy Archangels and Devic nuns return to the ashes of their holy shrines





Kosovo Albanians rampaged through Prizren destroying all Christian monuments

Pogrom of Serbs in Kosovo - photo gallery

ruins of the Devic monastery

Photo Story: Destruction of Devic Monastery (part 1)

Photo Story: Destruction of Devic Monastery (part 2)

Additional photo galleries:

Photo Story: Devastated Christian Orthodox Sites in Prizren

Kosovo: Five Centuries of Strife and Ethnic Cleansing

"Kosovo Albanians might attempt to continue systematic destruction of the Christian Orthodox heritage in Kosovo, but they must be aware that in the flames and ashes of our churches, holy icons, frescoes and relics, their chances of joining the cultured and civilized democratic world will burn out, too." - Fr. Sava to Admiral Gregory Johnson, the commander of the Southern wing of NATO forces.

  • Serbian people on Kosovo and Metohia - blue color
    Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija


    Spaljeni manastir Devic kod Srbice - Albanska rulja je cak raskopala i grob Sv. Joanikija Devickog iz 15 veka
    Burning of Devic Monastery
    1.000 pixels!

    Kosovo in US Congress!
    Call your Representative! Now!

    Letter to the Secretary of the State regarding Kosovo & Metohija,
    March 23, 2004

    Hristova ikona u crkvi Sv. Nikole u Kosovu Polju - crkva je iznutra zapaljena i demolirana
    Kosovo Polje - icon of St Nicholas found in the same-named church which was burned by Kosovo Albanian mob on March 17
    Albanci su celu noc slavili paljenje manastira Sv. Arhangeli - po izjavi nemackih vojnika KFOR-a. Nemacki vojnici, po svedocenju monaha, nisu nista preduzeli kako bi zastitili manastir. Pustili su albansku rulju da pridje manastiru i po evakuaciji monaha mirno dopustili Albancima da zapale manastir sa kapelom Sv. Nikolaja Zickog.
    Albanians celebrated burning of Holy Archangels Monastery all night, say KFOR German soldiers

    Potpuno sravnjena sa zemljom - Crkva Presvete Bogorodice u Djakovici (vidi se ostatak zutog zida) sa zapaljenim parohijskim domom. Albanci su bagerima provalili zid i ceo dan su pljackali ostatke crkvenih stvari. U odbrani ove crkve nekoliko italijanskih vojnika je povredjeno. Na kraju su evakuisani kada je na njih nagrnula rulja od nekoliko hiljada Albanaca naoruzanih bombama, automatima, molotovljevim koktelima. Cetiri srpske starice koje su zivele u crkvi su evakuisane u poslednjem trenutku i prebacene kasnije u manastir Visoki Decani. Foto: ERP KiM
    Completely levelled to the ground -The church of the Holy Virgin Mary in Djakovica with the burned parish home. Photo ERP KIM. A part of the church (a yellow wall) can still be seen on the photo. The latest information say that the municipality ordered the site to be turned into a parking place.
    Fotografija hrama Bogorodice Ljeviske u kojoj je podmetnut
    Photos of the Holy Virgin of Lyevish (14 th century) in which Albanian mob set fire and damaged the frescoes
    PRIZREN kroz objektiv - 20. marta
    Scenes from - PRIZREN
    20 March - Once a beautiful town with remarkable Christian Orthodox monuments old Prizren was turned into ashes
    Preizren - crkva Sv. Georgija
    Prizren, St. George Cathedral, 19th c.
    The church was burned by Kosovo Albanian mob and additionally damaged by fire. The nearby Bishop's palace was looted and set on fire, thousands of books burned
    Bogoslovija Sv. Kirila i Metodija u plamenu, Prizen, 17. mart
    Serbian Orthodox Seminary of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Prizren, burned by Kosovo Albanian Mob, March 17
    Prikupljanje pomoci u organizaciji COVEKOLJUBLJA. 20.3.2004. - Foto:FoNet
    Gathering of humanitarian aid in the organization of the Serbian Orthodox Church charity - Covekoljublje (Philantropy)
    An Albanian girl taking out something out from the ruins of the St. George Cathedral in Prizren
    An Albanian girl taking out something out from the ruins of the St. George Cathedral in Prizren

    A Serb boy carries his bird cage while waiting to be escorted to his village from a NATO peacekeepers base in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Monday, March 22, 2004.
    A Serb boy carries his bird cage while waiting to be escorted to his village from a NATO peacekeepers base in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Monday, March 22, 2004.

    Foto: FONET - Smoke billows from Serbian Orthodox Church which was set ablaze by ethnic Albanian in the northern Kosovo city of Kosovska Mitrovica, Thursday, March 18, 2004.

    Smoke billows from Serbian Orthodox Church which was set ablaze by ethnic Albanian in the northern Kosovo city of Kosovska Mitrovica, Thursday, March 18, 2004. - Foto: FONET

    GRACANICA - Serbian refugees
    GRACANICA -Serbian refugees

    Burned Serb houses in the Potkaljaja quarter near the Prizren Seminary
    Burned Serb houses in the Potkaljaja quarter near the Prizren Seminary



    All these barbarous acts by the Albanian extremists have occured in the presence of UN and the International Peace Forces (KFOR), not in the time of war but of peace
    Kosovo Daily News

    Fr. Sava meets with the NATO commander for Southern Europe, Admiral Gregory G. Johnson

    (photo: Fr. Sava showing to Admiral Johnson the proofs of Kosovo Albanian barbarsm. "Now when the cultured America admires Eastern Orthodox icons and crucifixes in Metropolitan Museum in New York, Kosovo Albanian hordes rampage through the UN administered province of Serbia destroying most beautiful works of art)

    "It is now completely clear to everyone that this is a cancerous growth that can be resolved only through surgery. All the necessary tests need to be done, the diagnosis made, and then the growth must be surgically extracted in order for convalescence to begin, that is, a political process of reconciliation but only with those who are truly prepared to build a European civil society. Democracy cannot be be built on institutions which in critical moments remain speechless or incite violence, politicians who lack the most rudimentary sense of political accountability, and so-called multiethnic Kosovo institutions resting on foundations that are rotten," Fr. Sava told Admiral Johnson, the NATO commander for Southern Europe.

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