Muslims burn churches, “hitting the Serbs where it hurts them the most”

via BosNewsLife » Kosovo’s Serb Christians Face “Rising Attacks” Against Orthodox Sites.

Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo struggle with a “sharp rise” in threats and vandalism against their churches and other religious sites, human rights investigators told BosNewsLife Tuesday, January 22.

Since this month’s Orthodox Christmas assailants attacked a monastery, set on fire a chapel and wooden crosses, and destroyed over 100 Orthodox tombstones, reported Belgrade-based Balkan rights group Centar 9.

The clashes are linked to anger within Kosovo’s mainly Muslim Albanian population about the removal of a memorial to fallen fighters in neighboring Serbia.

A memorial to Islamic terrorists the US failed to condemn.

Thousands of ethnic Albanians protested after some 200 masked Serbian police officers backed by armored personnel carriers removed the monument Sunday, January 20, in the town of Presevo.

It bore the names of 27 ethnic Albanian fighters killed during the 2000 conflict in the Presevo Valley, a spillover from the 1999 war in Kosovo, Serbia’s former province.

Local media reported that the ‘Albanian National Army’ group asked supporters on social website Facebook to retaliate by “hitting the Serbs where it hurts them the most,” an apparent reference to churches and other religious sites.

Soon after, dozens of men were seen marching to the Serbian monastery

‘Assumption of the Holy Mother of God’ in Kosovo, which was recently rebuild after being demolished in a 2004 demonstration.

Kosovo police, backed by international police and peacekeepers, dispersed the crowd after they threw stones and firecrackers in last Sunday’s unrest, witnesses said.

Elsewhere, a small chapel was set on fire at an Orthodox graveyard in the ethnically mixed village of Milosevo, while in Priluzje village unknown attackers burned several wooden crosses and exploded a large tombstone, Centar 9 told BosNewsLife.

The January 20-21 unrest also saw the destruction of dozens of Orthodox tombstones, including 27 in Klokot village, Centar 9 said.

The monument also remembers Serbian children killed in ethnic clashes in 2003 near the Bistrica river.

“This [shooting] incident greatly disturbed thousands of Serbs still living in this area,” the group explained.

Tensions have risen since earlier this month 56 Orthodox tombstones were destroyed at the Kosovo Polje graveyard, “in the midst of Serbian Eastern Orthodox celebrations of Christmas holidays,” Centar 9 added.

Kosovo police has been blamed for playing down the violence by reportedly saying the Christmas incident happened at the same location of previous graveyard vandalism. “The incident occurred in Kosovo Polje, in central Kosovo, and not in the village of Makarabe,” as claimed by police, Centar 9 said.

United Nations representatives condemned the attacks.

Fewer than 100,000 Serbs, many of them Orthodx Christians, have remained in Kosovo following a post-war exodus of non-Albanians. They live in separate areas watched over by NATO peacekeepers.

Western diplomats have expressed frustration over the slow progress towards reconciliation among the different groups. Kosovo, which broke away and later declared independence from Serbia in 2008, is recognized by some 90 nations, but not by Serbia and its key veto-wielding ally Russia.

Related: The Kosovo Tragedy – where are the churches?

8 thoughts on “Muslims burn churches, “hitting the Serbs where it hurts them the most”

  1. Slobidan Milosevic was removing muslims and the US got involved.
    Lets see if they look into the muslim ethnic cleansing of Christians.

    • You know damned well they won’t. And still UN and NATO are looking for more Serb “war criminals”. Too biased and stupid to admit they’re after the wrong people.

  2. Dammit, I wish Russia would find the same guts they used when they invaded little poor hapless Georgia to take over Abkhazia, to take on the muhammedan tapeworms. FAT CHANCE. 2 million muhammedan vermin in Moscow and so-called hardliner Putin do nothing. The only time I wish Russia invaded someone and it won’t never happen.

  3. CLINTON- blame that dumbass- when he helped divide SERBIA to give it to MUSLIMS part of the deal was that those MUSLIMS would protect the minorities- of course anyone who has ever lived with Muslims KNEW that was a LIE- and now a reality for those people not ethnic cleansed from their own country, who are living as second class under threat.
    A HUGE mistake by Dhimmicraps—-providing a base for AL Queda in EU, allowing them to take over formerly Christian lands, that even if re-taken will be under constant threat by Muslims who think any land ever held by them is legally theirs to take again (SPAIN for example), and of course WHITE skinned Muslims who can easily infiltrate our societies with little suspicion (Bosnians recently attempted terror acts here in USA)

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