Father Sava: These people are not Serbs, they are inhuman

Otac Sava Janjic
Otac Sava Janjic

A child was beaten with metal bars, brass knuckles, his teeth were knocked out, his face was mutilated – all in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people, none of whom helped him. It is sad and shameful. This horrible crime must be punished. These people are not Serbs, they are inhuman,” Father Sava reacted early this morning to the beating of Nikola Rasic yesterday in the high school yard in Laplje Selo.

„This is so terrible and shameful that we should ask ourselves who is manipulating young people; who is beating opponents, should some other Oliver be liquidated again? (…) When will we face our own demons, and not just accuse others?! It’s high time to do that. When will the villains stop hypocritically invoking Serbhood and religion with which they have nothing in common?! (…) People, let’s go back to reason, God, to what our Bishop and the Church teaches us, and let’s not listen to thugs and villains who create strife among Serbs and spread hatred, threaten, plant explosives, smash buses on the orders of powerful people from some darkness.“

The eighteen-year-old son of the Kosovo Serb politician Nenad Rasic, Nikola Rasic was attacked yesterday by a group of approximately 30 young men in the yard of the grammar school in Laplje Selo. Nikola’s teeth were knocked out and he suffered facial and head injuries. According to his father, the attackers used „brass knuckles, knives, and a hammer“.

In a talk-show on TV Kallxo last night, where Rasic made a guest appearance, it was revealed that the fight was reportedly announced on Instagram, with the message „Cutting down the Shiptars. Those who survive will talk about it,“ which was also shown in the show.

Eight people were arrested and detained for 48 hours, while a video of the alleged fight appeared in the media, in which a young man, who is watching and cheering the fight, described the fight as “an example for” the Serbs, Kosovo, the Church, and the Diocese.

Numerous reactions have arrived since last night. The Abbot of Visoki Decani, Fr. Sava Janjic was one of the many who reacted. In addition to his written reaction on Facebook and Twitter, he also posted the same video that was released by some media outlets, which was forwarded to our editorial office as well.

Below we publish Fr. Sava’s reaction in its entirety:

„I am deeply horrified by the cowardly and public lynching committed by about 30 Serbs of the son of Nenad Rasic, a Serbian politician in Kosovo, which took place today in Laplje Selo. Without getting into Nenad’s views, the child was beaten with metal bars, brass knuckles, his teeth were knocked out, his face was mutilated, all in broad daylight in front of a crowd of people – none of whom had helped him. It is sad and shameful. This horrible crime must be punished. These people are not Serbs, they are inhuman.

Since there is a recording, finding the perpetrators will not be difficult. It is horrifying that many young people either participated or just observed the lynching of a child, while the elderly hysterically encouraged violence. This is a great sin that every normal person should condemn. And the instigators should be found and revealed to the public.
This is so terrible and shameful that we should ask ourselves well, who is manipulating young people, who is beating opponents, should some other Oliver be liquidated again?

When are we going to face our own demons for a change, and not just accuse others?! It’s high time to do that. When will the villains stop hypocritically invoking Serbhood and religion with which they have nothing in common?!

People, let’s get back to reason, God, to what our Bishop and the Church teach us and let’s not listen to thugs and villains who cause strife among Serbs and spread hatred, threaten, plant explosives, smash buses on the orders of powerful people from some darkness.

These shameful scenes show that evil is all around us if we close our hearts to what is honest and good in us. Let us learn to bear our differences peacefully without violence. Let’s learn to help those in need. Remaining silent before evil equals participating in it. Let’s show solidarity with the child, and place aside the political views of his father and his opponents.

A recording of the lynching is available in the text below.“

 

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