R G E N T
SERBS ATTACKED IN PEC
A mob of more than 600 Albanians
attacked a bus with elderly Serbs with stones and Molotov cocktails
and classhed with UN Police and NATO peacekeepers. Several policemen
and elderly Serbs injured
RADIO - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Nearly 1000 Kosovo Albanians today in Pec attacked a bus with about
45 Serbs from Osojane who were escorted by a Spanish KFOR unit to
open bank accounts to receive pensions. The bus with forty-two residents
of Osojane over the age of 65 years, who headed to Pec accompanied
by two vehicles and 15 Spanish KFOR troops in order to register
for UNMIK pensions, were attacked by Albanians in front of the social
services building. According to Dusanka Miladinovic from Osojane,
a bus with Pec license plates arrived from Gorazdevac and left Osojane
for Pec around noon. In the social services building, a female Albanian
office clerk began to shout at the Serb clients when they arrived,
addressing them with insults and asking them why they had come.
According to Dusanka's account, a foreign employee of the bureau
who realized something strange was going on relocated the Serbs
to an empty room. Meanwhile in front of the building a crowd of
Albanians gathered, shouting and chanting "UCK, UCK" /KLA/.
Gun shots were also heard and the building was protected by UNMIK
police and the Spanish KFOR troops who had escorted the Serbs. The
Albanian masses, numbering about 1,000, used stones to smash all
the windows on the bus and then attempted to set it on fire. After
two hours of isolation the Serbs from Osojane were escorted to the
vehicle by strong KFOR and UNMIK police forces which failed to deter
their stoning by the Albanian crowd. Djuro and MIlija Djuric sustained
injuries and we have unofficial information that at least one soldier
fromthe Spanish KFOR contingent and several UNMIK police were also
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of the Serbian Orthodox Church and SNC
Serbs and UN Police Stoned, Oct 12, 2002
BLIC: We barely made
it out alive, Oct 12
GLAS: Three Serb returnees
injured, Oct 12
AFP, UN police, ethnic
Albanians clash in western Kosovo, Oct 10
AP: NATO, UN police clash
with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo
COMMUNIQUE OF THE DIOCESE OR RASKA AND PRIZREN AND THE SERB NATIONAL
COUNCIL OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
October 11, 2002
Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren and the Serb National Council
of Kosovo and Metohija most strongly condemn yesterday's attack
by over 600 Albanians with stones and Molotov cocktails against
a bus transporting elderly Serbs from the nearby village of Osojane
to Pec where they were to receive social assistance payments and
pensions from UNMIK. Even though the bus was under the military
protection of Spanish KFOR soldiers, the Albanian masses broke
all the windows on the bus and injured several of the passengers.
After the Serbs were sheltered in the building of the UN Mission,
the Albanians continued to stone the UN police and KFOR until
the intervention of a special riot squad broke up the crowd with
tear gas. The Serbs were evacuated after two hours of siege in
the UN building. According to information from Osojane, three
Serbs were seriously injured while others sustained less serious
injuries. Official UN Mission spokespersons have confirmed that
several policemen were also injured in clashes with the Albanians.
According to the innitial information the attack was planned beforehand
because the rioters had their Molotov cocktails ready.
attack on Serb residents of Kosovo and Metohija and international
forces clearly shows that three full years after the war in Kosovo
and Metohija there is still no freedom of movement or security
for the Serb population. Only two months ago Albanians armed with
guns attacked a group of Serbs and KFOR soldiers in the nearby
village of Gorazdevac, which represents an alarming signal to
the international community that its policies towards Albanian
extremism in the southern Serbian province must be changed urgently.
Tolerating extremist and radical leaders and their armed paramilitary
groups which are constantly encouraging violence toward Serbs
are increasingly pushing Kosovo and Metohija towards ethnic violence
and collective lynchings of the helpless Serb population. Such
incidents seriously undermine the confidence of the Serbs in Kosovo
institutions and even further discourage the Serb population from
participating in upcoming local elections. As long as still armed
Albanian extremists continue their unobstructed activities, Kosovo
institutions represent only a façade of false and nonexistent
democracy in which Serbs cannot participate.
of Raska and Prizren and the Serb National Council of Kosovo and
Metohija therefore appeal to the UN Mission and KFOR to undertake
as sson as possible concrete and firm measures for the protection
of the remaining Serb population from Albanian violence and to
enable the building of Serb institutions in enclaves where Serbs
live by adopting the decentralization program for the Province.
It is absolutely immoral to insist on Serb participation in joint
Kosovo institutions as long as ethnic discrimination and violence
against the Serb population reign throughout the Province.
October 11, 2002
SERBS AND UN POLICE STONED
Albanian extremists injure several passengers from bus and members
Kosovska Mitrovica, October 11
An attack on a Serb convoy in Pec and UN police protecting it two days
ago in Pec has resulted in strong reactions from representatives of
the international community and Serb leaders in Kosovo and Metohija.
Albanian extremists who showered Serbs and UN police with Molotov cocktains
and stones, injuring several people and damaging several vehicles in
which the Serbs from Osojane arrived in Pec. In order to protect them
from being lynched, UN police enlisted the help of a Spanish special
forces unit and Italian KFOR troops. The blockade was removed after
KFOR troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd of extremists.
The Serbs headed from Osojane to Pec around noon with an escort of two
vehicles from the UN mission and 15 soldiers from the Spanish and Italian
contingents in order to open accounts for their pensions in the Bureau
for Disbursements to open accounts for their pensions.
In a bus with Pec license plates and a Serb driver and conductor were
42 residents from two Serb villages in the Pec district. The Albanian
office clerk, realizing she was being addressed by a Serb and that there
were about ten more Serbs in the lobby, began to loudly shout: "What
are you doing here". She then fled from the building and began
to shout "UCK" /KLA/. As a result of her shouts and the insults
she was directing at the Serbs, about 200 Albanians immediately gathered
around the building of the Bureau for Disbursements. Noticing that something
strange was going on, one of the KFOR soldiers reacted quickly, ordering
the Serbs to gather in one place and then evacuating them into the closest
empty room in the building. Albanians continued to gather in front of
the building. There were soon about 1,000 of them and they chanted:
"UCK, UCK" and "Shkija, Shkija" /derogatory word
They began to throw stones at the bus as well as towards the building
where the Serbs were located. Shots were also heard. In response to
a call from the KFOR troops and UNMIK a police special forces units
of the Spanish and Italian contingents soon arrived in front of the
building. Realizing they could not control the crowd which had desroyed
the bus in which the Serbs had come with stones and Molotov cocktails,
the UN special forces used tear gas in attempt to disperse the crowd.
The drama lasted about two hours after which the Serbs were escorted
to the already destroyed bus under strong protection by members of the
UN and KFOR. Despite this the Albanians continued to throw stones at
Two Serbs, Milija and Djuro Djuric, were injured. Dusanka Miladinovic,
a 65 year-old woman from Osojane, said that during the horrible attack
by the Serbs against the Serbs as well as against KFOR and the UNMIK
police, two members of the UN police were also injured.
In the general attack by the Albanians, while the Serbs were attempting
to evacuate the building and board the destroyed bus, one UN police
vehicle was also destroyed. This was confirmed today by Andrea Angeli,
the UNMIK spokesman in Pristina, who said that no information on arrests
was yet available but that a thorough investigation had been launched.
October 12, 2002
Milena Radosavljevic, trip leader of 50 Serbs brutally attacked
in Pec, tells "Blic"
WE BARELY MADE IT OUT ALIVE
KRALJEVO - Milena Radosavljevic of Kraljevo, the trip leader of 50 Serb
returnees from Osojane, Tucep and Saljinovica who travelled to Pec two
days ago to regulate their pensions and were attacked by Albanian extremists
in the center of the city, told us in a telephone interview that the
attack was obviously planned.
"The bus, owned by Vukosav Repanovic of Osojane, we used to travel
to Pec was escorted by members of Spanish KFOR. In it were 50 Serbs
over the age of 65 who were coming to Pec to open accounts for their
pensions. While we were in the Bureau, at 11 a.m. several hundred Albanian
extremists converged near the bus. They began to throw things at the
bus and to toss Molotov cocktails. Stones and bricks were flying from
all sides. The attack lasted over two hours and then they tried to set
the bus on fire," said Ms. Radosavljevic. In the meanwhile KFOR
issued an order for the Serbs to get out of Bureau and to get into the
smashed to bus in order to save their lives. While the Serbs were getting
into the vehicle the Albanians launched a new attack. Molotov cocktails
were falling on the KFOR troops and the police withdrew. However, getting
into the bus was only the beginning of the agony of the small group
"Just as we began to move, the KFOR troops and international police
responded. The first shots were fired and teargas was tossed into the
crowd of extremists. As we were leaving Pec we were again attacked from
all sides. Several passengers were injured and the windshields of the
bus was shattered," said Ms. Radosavljevic.
When they arrived in Osojane, Ms. Radosavljevic said, they were ordered
to park the bus in the Spanish base and KFOR took the keys of the bus
from them. "Then the real drama ensued. They chased us off the
base and kept us standing for two hours in the rain with rifles pointed
at us. They pushed the bus off the base with their armored vehicles,
destroying what little of it remained. The Spanish troops mistreated
us and only later, frozen and wet from the rain, we were given an escort
to Gorazdevac. Only upon arriving in the Italian base did we receive
any assistance or sympathy," said Ms. Radosavljevic.
Javnosti, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
October 12, 2002
Aftermath of barbaric attack by Albanians in center of Pec
THREE SERB RETURNEES INJURED
Bus transporting the villagers completely demolished. Siege of building
where UNMIK transferred Serbs lasted two hours.
BELGRADE - Three Serb returnees to Metohija sustained noncritical injuries
during yesterday's barbaric attack by about 1,000 Albanians in the center
"A group of old people from the villages of Osojane, Tucep and
Saljiovica near Istok went to Pec two days ago to open accounts on which
they would receive their pensions. When they arrived in the center of
the city, a group of several hundred Albanians launched a flurry of
stones, bricks, bottles and other objects at the old people. The bus
in which they were sitting was completed demolished. Djuro, Milos and
Milija Djuric sustained noncritical injuries and cuts," Gojko Djuric,
one of the returnees to Osojane, told "Glas".
Also injured during the attack were several members of the UNMIK police,
who intervened with tear gas and rubber bullets. Members of the peacekeeping
forces managed to get the elderly Serbs out of the bus and to transfer
them to one of the buildings in the center of Pec. However, the rioting
Albanians continued their attack against the building and the siege
lasted two full hours. During this period they also attempted to set
fire to the bus but were prevented from doing so.
Only after this period did the police manage to disperse the attackers
and take the old people to the village. "People are very frightened
and disappointed. Life in Osojane, Tucep and Saljiovica is very difficult.
The majority of the over 300 returnees lives in in inhuman conditions,
under tents or in improvised huts. Winter is coming and we are short
on food, clothing, shoes, blankets..." said Gojko Djuric.
The barbaric attack by the Albanians two days ago is only another in
a series of attacks on the remaining Serbs and returnees to Kosovo and
Metohija. At the end of August a group of Albanians opened fire from
automatic weapons on Serbs from the village of Gorazdevac near Pec,
the only enclave in this part of Metohija.
At that time six villagers - brothers Zlatko and Vesko Portin, Dragan
and Ivan Bogicevic, Ranko Petrovic and Novica Dasic - escorted by three
UNMIK policemen came to collect wood from their forest located in the
direction of the nearby village of Dobri Do. At almost the same time
another attack from automatic weapons was carried out against returnees
to Bicha near Klina. In these attacks, fortunately, there were no casualties.
Return was no better
Milena Radosavljevic, the trip leader of the group of 50 returnees to
Kosovo and Metohija, claims that it was no better for the group afterwards
upon its arrival in the Spanish KFOR base. "The bus, which continued
the trip without a single window, was kept in the KFOR base in Osojane;
while the driver and co-driver were being questioned, we stood for two
hours in the rain with rifles pointed at us," said Ms. Radosavljevic.
She believes that the main culprit for this behavior on the part of
KFOR was the Bosniac interpreter, whose name she did not manage to get.
She added that after the bus was pulled from the base by armored vehicles,
it was no longer able to continue the trip.
UN police, ethnic Albanians clash in western Kosovo
Yugoslavia, Oct 10 (AFP) - UN police and NATO troops in Kosovo on Thursday
fired tear gas at a crowd of some 600 ethnic Albanians who attacked
a group of Serbs they were escorting in western Kosovo, a UN official
Several policemen were slightly injured and two police vehicles were
damaged, UN spokesman Andrea Angeli said.
Some 50 elderly Serbs from the western Kosovo village of Osojane were
escorted by UN police and NATO-led troops of the Kosovo force (KFOR)
into Pec to enroll with the UN's pension fund, Angeli said.
"A crowd of people at the entrance of the building threw stones
and Molotov cocktails at UN police and KFOR after the Serbs were escorted
into the building" in Pec, some 85 kilometers (51 miles) west of
Pristina, Angeli said.
"The peacekeepers intervened with tear gas and there was a clash
between them and the crowd of people," he said.
Special police units were brought in as reinforcements. After some two
hours the group of Serbs was taken into a bus and escorted back to their
Some 150 ethnic Serbs returned to the village of Osojane as part of
the UN's program of returning minority Serbs that fled the province
after the war in Kosovo in 1999.
Albanian-dominated Kosovo came under UN and NATO control in June 1999,
after NATO halted a crackdown of Serb forces led by former president
Slobodan Milosevic on the independence-minded ethnic Albanian majority
in the province.
It is estimated that more than 200,000 Serbs have fled their homes in
Kosovo since 1999 in fear of revenge attacks by ethnic Albanians, and
only about several hundred refugees have since returned to the province.
More than 80,000 Serbs still live in Kosovo, mainly in enclaves protected
by NATO-led forces, with restricted freedom of movement.
U.N. police clash with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo
Thu Oct 10,12:24 PM ET
- A crowd of ethnic Albanians clashed Thursday with U.N. police and
NATO (news - web sites)-led peacekeepers who were escorting a group
of Serbs in western Kosovo, an official said.
Some 600 hostile
ethnic Albanians attacked U.N. police and Italian peacekeepers with
stones and molotov cocktails after they brought a group of 50 Serbs
to the center of Pec, a town some 80 kilometers (50
kilometers) west of province's capital, Pristina, said Andrea Angeli,
a U.N. spokesman.
The Serbs, a group
of recently returned refugees from the village of Osojane, were taken
by bus to a building in the center of town to enroll in the U.N.-run
pension fund, Angeli said.
"Once the Serbs
entered the building, the angry crowd attacked the peacekeepers and
police," he said. Police responded with tear gas to disperse the
Two police officers
were slightly injured by stones, and some police vehicles were damaged.
There was no information whether any of the protesters were injured.
The Serbs managed
to leave the building after two hours after the protesters had been
dispersed, Angeli said.
The incident came
amid increasing efforts undertaken by the U.N. mission in Kosovo to
bring back Serbs who fled in the aftermath of the war in the province.
Tens of thousands of Serbs fled out of fear of revenge attacks. Dozens
have been killed over the past three years.
in Kosovo ended with the pullout of Yugoslav forces in June 1999 during
the rule of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic (news - web
sites), who now on trial at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague
(news - web sites).
Spokesperson: What Happened In Pec Is Disgusting
Prishtina, 11 Oct (Tanjug) - “What happened in Pec on Thursday,
is to put it mildly, disgusting, because it is unacceptable for someone
to intimidate and attack Serbs at this moments when we are trying to
return them”, stated UNMIK Spokesperson Simon Haselock for Tanjug.
He called on UNMIK Police to arrest the perpetrators of the attack on
the Serbs from Osojane and the UNMIK Police. Two UNMIK Policemen were
injured in the incident.
Office Condemns Attack
Pristina, Oct 11 (Free Serbia) - US Office in Pristina strongly condemned
Thursday’s attack in Pec, estimating it as a “hooligan attempt
of using of violence and the tactics of frightening.”
“In Thursday in Pec an unfortunate event occurred. Elderly people,
Kosovars of Serbian ethnicity, wanting only to ask questions about their
UNMIK pensions, were subjects to hooligan attempt of using the violence
and scare tactics,” says Reno Harnish, the Head of US Mission
in Pristina, adding that it is a “kind of form of protests against
Kosovo situation to return to normal.”
Harnish also stated that US Mission “strongly condemns the interethnic
violence” similar to the one happened in Pec. Also, he had expressed
the hope that persons responsible for the act will be found out and
arrested. “I hope that the municipality leaders, as well as the
leaders in Kosovo’s Parliament-all leaders of Kosovo-together
with the international community will condemn this event and will offer
their cooperation in the finding out and prosecution of the main persons
responsible, and they will work together to ensure their citizens that
incidents as such are unacceptable”, says Harnish.
Incident In Pec “Excellent” Message To Serbs
Prishtina, 11 Oct (Tanjug) - On Friday, the Chief of the Coordination
Center for Kosmet, Nebojsa Covic strongly condemned the incident in
which Albanians were throwing rocks and “Molotov cocktails”
at UNMIK Police while they were securing a group of elderly Serbs going
from Osojane to Pec.
The attack by six hundred bullies on fifty old men is an “excellent”
message for the return of Serbs and other non-Albanians on Kosovo, in
the sense of their safety, freedom of movement and guaranties on normal
life, and also an “excellent” message for the Serbs to go
out and vote on the local elections, said Covic for Tanjug. “This
is more than a political scandal, as is the one attempted on Dr. Milan
Ivanovic”, added Covic. “Do we want to continue operating
as ostriches and stick our heads in the sand, pose in front of news
reporters and market some big plans or do we want a realistic approach
towards the solving of the problems which are ever-present on Kosovo
and Metohija”, Covic asked himself.