LIVE RECORDING OF THE ATTACK ON ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH
IN PODUJEVO, MARCH 18, 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 and 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 Podujevo

The 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.

VIDEO LINK ON THE SITE OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

http://www.spc.rs/Multimedija/Podujevo/podujevo-e.html

High resolution quality recording (46MB)
Low resolution quality recording (16MB)

(Quick time files .mov can be played only on Qucik Time Player 6.0 or higher)

Low resolution quality recording (34 MB)

(avi file can be played on Windows Media Player)


(the church after mining of the sanctuary)

ERP KIM Info-service
Gracanica, June 26 2004

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