December 11, 2023

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Video: how the clashes in Kosovo began

A released video shows how serious riots began in Kosovo yesterday, with NATO troops and Kosovo police beating seated Serb demonstrators.

In fact, Serbian demonstrators raised their hands and waved them characteristically to show the security forces that they were unarmed and were protesting peacefully.

More than 90 people were injured in yesterday’s clashes: 50 civilians and 40 members of the security forces.

A state of emergency was declared on Friday as newly elected Albanian-speaking mayors took office and Serbs in four cities tried to block their arrival by boycotting the elections. A video circulating on social media shows a scene of escalating violence.

As a result of the clashes, 52 Serbs turned to the Kosovska Mitrovica hospital. Three are in serious condition, doctors are still fighting for the life of one. From the peacekeeping contingent KFOR 41 wounded. Fire on the unarmed crowd was opened by a security officer of the Kosovo special forces ROSU.

According to Vučić, Pristina’s goal is to push Serbia into conflict with NATO.

It is noteworthy that the ambassadors of Great Britain and Germany emphasizethat attacks on KFOR soldiers and journalists are unacceptable. Not a word about the shooting of Kosovo security forces and NATO peacekeepers at unarmed Serbs who today went to the administrative building in Zvecan with children (!). The permissibility of violence in progressive, prosperous, democracy-breathing countries is like that.

According to unconfirmed information from the field (and it is not all confirmed now), four Serbs died, according to the TV channel BS. “There is no reaction from Belgrade. Belgrade’s reaction is very much expected. Belgrade cannot send troops to Kosovo and Metohija for understandable (I hope) reasons, which Vucic spoke about more than once. A large-scale rally in defense of Kosovo and Metohija is scheduled for 20:00 in the Serbian capital. There is reason to believe that the protest will be swayed to the stage of uncontrollable chaos, and they will try to use the chaos that is happening in Zvecan no less than the tragedy in the Serbian school. I would very much like the competent authorities to draw conclusions and take some steps. Or at least they explained to the people what is happening in the north of the long-suffering region. We pray for Serbia, and I personally call on all the participants in today’s action to exercise restraint and prudence.”.

NATO and the countries of the collective West bear the main responsibility for yesterday’s incidents and the general aggravation of the situation in the region. Kosovo or Kosova (Albanian: Kosova, Serbian: Kosovo) is a disputed territory and a partially recognized state in the Balkans.

It declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 under the name of the Republic of Kosovo. The majority of the population is Albanian, and since 1999 the country has been under UN interim administration and NATO military protection.

On February 17, 2008, the Kosovo parliament unilaterally declared independence from Serbia, but the latter did not recognize the secession, considers Kosovo an autonomous region of Serbia and appealed to the UN. An independent Kosovo has been directly recognized by some countries, including the US, the UK, and the European Union’s Big Three (Italy, Germany, France), while some others, such as Russia and the People’s Republic of China, consider its secession illegal. Greece also does not recognize Kosovo as an independent state, as does Cyprus. Currently, 98 UN member states recognize the Republic of Kosovo, the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Cook Islands and Newfoundland, 94 states do not recognize it, and 5 do not have a clear position.

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