POGROM - KOSOVO 17-19 MARCH 2004
Ruins of Prizren churches after March Pogrom
video recording of destrucion of the church of St Andreas in Podujevo
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
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.
resolution quality recording (46MB)
Low resolution quality recording (16MB)
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Low resolution quality recording (34 MB)
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church after mining of the sanctuary)
link on the Site of the Coordination Center:
Drive-by kills Kosovo
body of the murdered Serb teenager after he was shot)
a Serb teenager killed by Kosovo Albanian extremists
in a hamburger shop in Gracanica, June 5, 2004
-- 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
"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
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
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.
and Serb political representatives from Belgrade
at the funeral of the killed Serb teenager in Gracanica
Pogrom - March 17-20
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.
church of St. George in Prizren after it
was burned by Albanian mob
a click on a photo on the map you will open a page with a gallery of thumbnail
with links to high resolution photos for each region)
galleries March 17 Pogrom
of Prizren (photos from BESIMI.COM)
of Holy Archangels and Devic nuns return to the ashes of their holy shrines
OF HOLY ARCHANGELS MONKS
RETURN OF DEVIC NUNS
OF SERBS TO BELO POLJE NR. PEC
Albanians rampaged through Prizren destroying all Christian monuments
of Serbs in Kosovo - photo gallery
ruins of the Devic monastery
Story: Destruction of Devic Monastery (part 1)
Story: Destruction of Devic Monastery (part 2)
Story: Devastated Christian Orthodox Sites in Prizren
Five Centuries of Strife and Ethnic Cleansing
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 in Kosovo
THE UPDATED LIST OF DESTROYED AND DAMAGED CHRISTIAN
ORTHODOX SHRINES IN KOSOVO AFTER KRISTALLNACHT OF 17-18 MARCH
of Devic Monastery
Kosovo in US Congress!
your Representative! Now!
to the Secretary of the State regarding Kosovo & Metohija,
March 23, 2004
Polje - icon of St Nicholas found in the same-named
church which was burned by Kosovo Albanian mob on March 17
celebrated burning of Holy Archangels Monastery all night, say
KFOR German soldiers
OF UTMOST BRUTALITY AGAINST ELDERLY AND WEAK SERBS - PHOTO GALLERY
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.
of the Holy Virgin of Lyevish (14 th century) in which Albanian
mob set fire and damaged the frescoes
from - PRIZREN
20 March - Once a beautiful town with remarkable Christian Orthodox
monuments old Prizren was turned into ashes
St. George Cathedral, 19th c.
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
Orthodox Seminary of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Prizren, burned
by Kosovo Albanian Mob, March 17
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
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.
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
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
Sava meets with the NATO commander for Southern Europe, Admiral
Gregory G. Johnson
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)
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.
for protection of the Christian heritage in Kosovo
News on the site of the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchate,
Holy Archangels monastery after the March pogrom
KOSOVO DAILY NEWS LIST (KDN)
Archive - more than 70.000 articles since 1998
sources with news in English:
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Serbia-Montenegro (special page on terrorism in Kosovo and Metohija)
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