17th – 18th March, 2004.
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT
In March, 2016, it’s been twelve years from the March Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija. In March, 2004, during the violence by Albanian terrorists several dozens of people have died;
• 900 people were beaten up and seriously injured;
• 935 Serbian, Romani and Ashkali houses were burnt and damaged;
• 3.870 inhabitants expelled;
• 6 towns and 10 villages were ethnically cleansed;
• 35 religious objects of Serbian Orthodox Church were demolished and destroyed, out of which 18 monuments of special cultural significance;
• Several orthodox cemeteries were desecrated;
• Numerous vital records were destroyed, evidence of centuries long existence of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija;
• 51.000 people have participated in 33 individual acts of violence;
So far nobody has answered for the above-mentioned crimes!
Nine Serbs were killed in March pogrom: Dragan Nedeljković (Prizren), Zlatibor Trajković (Kosovo Polje), Dobrivoje and Borivoje Stolić (Drajkovce), Borivoje Spasojević and Jana Tučev (Kosovska Mitrovica), Tonče Milosavljević and Nenad Vesić (Lipljan), Slobodan Perić (Gnjilane).
143 Serbs were wounded.
In Čaglavica, village near Priština, on 15 March 2004, a boy, Jovica Ivić, was wounded and in serious condition transferred to the hospital in northern part of Kosovska Mitorvica. On the same day, the village inhabitants, as well as the inhabitants of other neighboring settlements (Gračanica, Sušica, Laplje Selo, Preoce) began their protests. The KFOR soldiers are searching the Serbian villages and the Serbs are blocking main roads to Skopje and Gnjilane.
During the night between 16th and 17th of March, the electronic media in Albanian language have reported on death of three Albanian boys, who have drowned in the river Ibar, in the Čabra village, near Zubin Potok. According to the information, the boys were allegedly running away from Serbian youngsters and they were seemingly forced to look for salvation in the swollen river.
However, the spokesman of UNMIK Police has denied that Albanian boys have died while fleeing from Serbs and gave his opinion that the violence in Kosovo and Metohija was planned in advance, so the tragic death of Albanian children was used as an excuse for ethnic cleansing of Serbs.
The UN Security Council, EU, U.S.A. and NATO have condemned the violence against Serbs as ethnic cleansing but the perpetrators have never been punished.
All the churches and objects of Serbian Orthodox Church were destroyed on 17th and 18th of March. During next several days there were more attacks, looting and demolition.
• Orthodox Cathedral of the Most Holy Mother of God of Ljeviš (XIV century) is burnt inside, frescos from the period from XII to XIV century are heavily damaged, altar area is desecrated, Lord’s Table is broken;
• Church of the Holy Saviour (XIV century) was burnt;
• Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Great Martyr George (1856) was burnt and blown up;
• Church of St. Nicholas (Tutić Church), XIV century) burnt inside;
• Church of St. George (Runović Church, XVI century) burnt inside;
• Church of Saint Kyriaki (XIV century, later reconstructed) burnt;
• Church of St. Pantelemon (XIV century, later reconstructed), burnt;
• Church of Saints Kosmas and Damian (XIV century, later reconstructed), burnt.
Church of Saint Kyriaki, Živinjane near Prizren, blown up;
• Monastery of the Holy Archangels (XIV century) looted and burnt in the presence of German soldiers, who did not protect it;
• Orthodox seminary of St. Cyrillus and Methodius in the center of town was burnt together with the Bishop’s Court and church building.
• Church of Saint Kyriaki (1852) and parish home in the village Brnjača were burnt.
• Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God (XVI-XIX century) was burnt together with old and new parish house, then leveled with the ground;
• Two bell towers of the Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity, which have survived blowing up in the summer of 1999, were leveled with the ground; during next several days the remainders of the church were carried away and a park was made on its place, around 5,000 extremists have participated in desecration of the churches;
• Church of St. Lazarus in Piskote near Đakovica is completely destroyed, as well as cemetery nearby;
• Church of St. Elijah near Bistražin which was damaged in 1999, completely destroyed with explosive.
• Devič Monastery (XV century) burnt to the ground, tomb of St. Joanikije of Devič was desecrated. Around twenty auxiliary monastery buildings were destroyed (refectories, storages, stables). Around 2,000 extremists have participated in desecration of the monastery.
• Church of St. John the Fore-runner and Baptist (Metropolia with parish house and apartments of priests) was burnt.
• Church of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple, in Belo Polje near Peć, burnt in the summer of 1999, and reconstructed in 2003, together with around twenty homes of returnees, now was damaged again by fire. The parish house was burnt beside the church.
• Three hand grenades were thrown on the Cathedral Church of the Holy King Uroš, the fire was set. At least 19 KFOR soldiers and UNMIK policemen were wounded while defending the church. The town cemetery was destroyed as well. Around 1,500 Albanians participated in riots, who have destroyed everything around them – Orthodox church in the town and five Serbian houses.
• Church of St. Elijah in the village Varoš was destroyed as well as the local cemetery.
• Church of St. Peter and Paul in Talinovci was burnt and Orthodox cemetery was destroyed.
• Church of Nativity of Blessed Virgin in Softović village was destroyed with the Orthodox cemetery
• Three churches near Uroševac, protected by Greek soldiers were left without protection before the mass of armed Albanians and the Greek soldiers were injured.
• The Orthodox church was stoned and the glass on windows were broken. Several Serbian houses in vicinity were demolished.
• Church of St. Archangel Michael in Štimlje, built in 1920 (on the hill above the the little town) was burnt as well as one Serbian house.
• Albanian extremists have attacked the old Orthodox church in the Teslidže neighborhood – the fire was opened from the automatic weapon, five Serbian families and the priest were evacuated from the church and one foreign policeman was injured while trying to save the church. The church was burnt, together with parish house, and by them also the office of a foreign humanitarian organization and three UNMIK vehicles. A valuable carved wood iconostasis has burnt in the church, dozens of icons and the entire church archive.
• The church of St. Nicholas (beginning of XIX century) was destroyed in Priština.
• Church of St. Nicolas (1940.) was burnt and desecrated and the interior of the church was completely demolished.
• Church of St. Catherine in Bresje was desecrated and then looted.
• Church of St. Elijah (XIX century), which was looted and partially destroyed in June, 1999, was completely burnt, and Orthodox cemetery near the church, parish house and auxiliary church buildings were destroyed.
• Albanian extremists have burnt the car tires in the church of St. Michael in Obilić and they have burnt numerous Serbian houses and apartments.
• Church of St. Saba was burnt on two occasions. The vandals have thrown a Molotov’s cocktail in the yard of the church and burnt the parish house in the church yard. The Serbian houses were burnt as well.
• Church of St. Andrew in Podujevo, built in 1929, is completely destroyed with cemetery. The eastern part of the church is blown up, the bell tower is destroyed, as well as the wall around the church. A KFOR officer has reported that the Albanians have dug out the remains of the Serbs and thrown them around.
• Serbian village Svinjare is completely destroyed. Around 150 homes were looted and majority of Serbian property was burnt. The entire population is expelled.
The Orthodox churches and monasteries in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija are still exposed to vandalism and destruction by Albanians. Almost every day some of th4e church objects is covered with graffiti, Albaninas are throwing garbage in the monastery yards, the walls and fences of the monastery and church yards are demolished on purpose and the priests are maltreated and churches and monasteries are frequently looted, some of them several times.
Both the immobile property and personnel of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as the Serbian population in Kosovo and Methohija are suffering various forms of violence, which is preventing their normal life.
Destroyed and burnt Serbian churches and monasteries on 17th, 18th and 19th of March, 2004
1. Monastery Devič, Srbica, built in 1434
2. Monastery of The Holy Archangels, Prizren, built in XIV century
3. Collegiate church of St. George, Prizren, built in 1887
4. Church of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple, Belo Polje, Peć, Пећ, built in XVI, XIX century
5. Church of St. Nicholas, Priština, built in XIX century
6. Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, Đakovica, built in XVI, XIX century
7. Cathedral Church of the Holy King Uroš, Uroševac, built in 1933
8. Orthodox Cathedral of the Most Holy Mother of God of Ljeviš, Prizren, built in 1306/1307
9. Church of St. Nicholas (Tutić Church), Prizren, built in 1331/1332
10. Church of Holy Salvation, Prizren, built in 1330
11. Church of Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple – Saint Kyriaki (Mark’s), Prizren, built in XIV century
12. Church of St. George (Runović Church), Prizren, built in XVI century
13. Church of St. Saba, Kosovska Mitrovica, built in 1896
14. Church of St. Andrew the First-called, Podujevo, built in 1930
15. Church of St. Nicholas, Kosovo Polje, built in 1940
16. Church of St. Archangel Michael, Štimlje, built in 1922
17. Church of St. Pantelemon, Prizren, built in XIV, XX century
18. Church of Saints Kosmas and Damian, Prizren, built in XIV, XIX century
19. Church of Saint Kyriaki, Živinjane, built in XVI, XIX century
20. Church of Saint Kyriaki, Brnjača, Orahovac, built in 1852
21. Church of St. Lazarus, Piskote, Đakovica, built in 1991/1994
22. Church of St. Elijah, Bistrižanin, Đakovica, built in XIV century/1930
23. Church of St. John the Fore-runner and Baptist, Peć
24. Church of St. John the Fore-runner and Baptist, Pećka Banja, built in 1997
25. Church of St. Elijah, Nekodim, Uroševac, built in 1975
26. Church of St. Peter and Paul, Talinovac, built in 1840
27. Church of Nativity of Blessed Virgin, Софтовић, built in first half of XX century
28. Church of St. Pantelemon, Donja Šipašnica, Kosovska Kamenica
29. Church of St. Catherine, Bresje, Kosovo Polje
30. Church of St. Elijah, Vučitrn, built in 1834
31. Church of Nativity of Blessed Virgin, Obilić, built in XX century
32. Church of St. Peter and Paul, Istok, built in 1929. год
33. Church of Saint Paraskeve, Vitina
34. Building of Seminary, Prizren, built in 1872
35. Bishop’s Court building, Prizren, built in XX century.