Destruction of Serb Monuments in Post-War Kosovo

Immediately after the end of war and the beginning of KLA raids in Kosovo cities among the first targets were Serb Orthodox churches and other cultural monuments. The statues and monuments which the Serb people erected in memory of their great writers, poets, kings and bishops were systematically pulled down by enraged Albanian crowds.

The monument to the famous Serb Emperor Dusan in Prizren was pulled down on June 14 1999 and was later in Jule blown up by explosive.

The monument to Emperor Uros in Urosevac was blown up in July 1999 in Urosevac.

The monuments to the Serb 19th century writer Vuk Karadzic and the famous Montenegrin Prince-Bishop and poet Petar Petrovic Njegos were pulled down on July 2 in Pristina during a massive Albanian rally led by KLA leader Hashim Thaci.

The monuments were trailed by tractors down the Pristina streets and dumped in garbage. Despite strong appeals by Bishop Artemije and Mr. Trajkovic to UN and KFOR to find and restore the monuments they were never found.

Albanian crowd with a flag and axes ready to pull down the monument July 2. 1999

Albanian crowd with a flag and axes ready to pull down the monument July 2. 1999

 

Pulling down of the monument of the Serb 19th century writer Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic

Pulling down of the monument of the Serb 19th century writer Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic

 

inally the monument was dumped in garbage and later completely destroyed

Finally the monument was dumped in garbage and later completely destroyed

 

 

The statue of Consul Yastrebov in front of Bishop’s Residence in Prizren was pulled down and destroyed in the first half of July.

The monument of St. Prince Lazar in Gnjilane which stood at the main square was removed by US KFOR because Albanians threatened that they would blow it up.

The monument of Dositey Obradovich, the 18th century Serb writer and philosopher was destroyed in front of Pristina University Rectorate in August 1999.

 

The monument to the famous Prince-Bishop Njegos in Pristina

The monument to the famous Prince-Bishop Njegos in Pristina

 

The monument was pulled down on July 2 rally and later completely destroyed

The monument was pulled down on July 2 rally and later completely destroyed

 

At about 11 p.m. on Monday night (Feb 8. ) in Obilic, a group of Albanian vandals toppled over the statue of Milos Obilic, which stood proudly in the town square. The statue was pulled down from the platform on which it stood and was trailed through the streets of Obilic by a tractor.

Eventualy it broke into a number of pieces. The nearest KFOR post was only 80 meters away. KFOR report says that the soldiers could not intervene because of thick fog. KFOR engineers are said to be examining the possibility of restoring the monument.

 

 

Source: KosovoNet

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

  • I think that this is an important issue. That is why I am surprised that the writer of this article has written it without really asking and answering the questions which ought to be asked and answered.

    A few examples about what I would think would be the “minimum” requirements to make this article worth reading – publishing:

    1) Is there any evidence for, that the destruction has been planned and organized by specific people ? Who are these people ? What evidence is there ?

    2) Was the KLA and Thacic involved in the destruction by sending people to do the job – or did they / he encourage them by stating “pull down these statures ” ? When ? Witnesses ? Eyewitnesses ? Statementes ?

    3) Who precisely asked whom at the UN and EU to do what ? What was the response ? Names ? Dates ? etc…

    In the current form this article really can´t have any other function than telling a sad story – which is not necessary – everybody knows.

    Recommendation to the writer – do your work better so the article really makes the impact which it should have.

    Best regards.
    Christof Lehmann
    editor nsnbc international
    http://www.nsnbc.me

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  • Mr Lehman, thanks for the input.
    We posses much more evidence that corresponds to the questions you raised in your comment. Unfortunately, such evidence is mostly preserved in many documents written only in Serbian language, and at this time we lack resources to properly translate and process them in English (or other languages). This article was “borrowed” from one of many Serbian blogs that publish in English, but they as well (as we do) lack resources to do proper investigative- journalist work.
    But, if you personally intend to do more serious investigative work on this issue, we are open for further cooperation. In the above case, even with such obvious lack of proper journalist investigative work, I deeply believe, applies the old golden rule- “one picture is worth thousands words”…
    Regards, FBR editor M. Novakovic
    editor@facebookreporter.org

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