Thursday, September 29, 2005

In the News: fake blood at the parliment

Saw this lovely protest on the news last night.  It was sponsored by Kurbi’s “Self-determination” movement.  This is, I think, the most visible protest yet that they’ve made.  On the news all the poor government workers had to step over this giant pool of fake blood on their way into the building.  Something that this article doesn’t mention, however, is that fence that surrounds the building is covered in the pictures of those who are still missing from the war.  There are a little over 3,000 ethnic Albanians still missing from the war (and an unknown, though much smaller number of Serbs missing).  Their pictures remind everyone entering and leaving the parliament about the cost of that war. 


Ethnic Albanians Protest Planned Kosovo-Serbia Talks

29 September 2005


One hundred ethnic Albanians have protested outside the Kosovo parliament against planned talks with Serbia on the province's future.

The protesters want the mostly ethnic Albanian province to be an independent country. They spilled fake blood on the steps leading to the building, saying it symbolized those who died in the 1998 to 1999 war with Serbia.

The demonstration came one day after Kosovo's Albanian-dominated parliament approved a plan to create a team to talk with Serbia on the province's political status. Kosovo is legally part of Serbia. But it has been under United Nations administration since 1999, when Serbian forces withdrew after a campaign of NATO air strikes aimed at ending Belgrade's crackdown on ethnic Albanians.

The province's Serbian minority and Serbia want it to remain part of Serbia.

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