A renowned Serb journalist Vukasin Obradovic called on the Albanian intellectual public to speak up against ethnically motivated attacks after two Serb youths were recently attacked on Christmas Day in Strpce. A member of the KSF has been named as a suspect in the case.
Obradovic urged them to recall examples from the past, from the „pitch darkness“ of Serbia in the 1990s to the crimes committed against the Serb population after international forces came to Kosovo in 1999.
As a bright example, he highlighted the words of Veton Surroi from that period.
„It is your duty today, my dear Albanian friends, to do something similar like Veton did before it is too late for us Serbs, but above all for Kosovo society, to prevent them from sinking into the same pitch darkness that enclosed Serbia in the nineties.“
In his post on Facebook, Obradovic tagged well-known Albanian intellectuals, businessmen, and politicians: Ilir Deda, Ilir Beqiraj, Beljgzim Kamberi, Shaip Kamberi, Skender Saqipi, Bilal Maliqi, Agon Maliqi, Fehmi Maliqi, Skender Ibishai, Abdullah Ljatifi, and Nexhat Beluli.
We publish Obradovic’s post, shared originally in Serbian and Albanian, in its entirety:
„Dear Albanian friends,
This tragic event near Strpce is very painful for the families of the two boys, but also for all of us who have lived there for decades with each other. At the same time, it appears to me, it is also the last warning for Kosovo society.
If you find yourself in a dilemma as to what you should do, for starters, remember and read what, for example, Veton Surroi said in 1999. He, I remind you, then found the strength to call for reason after everything the Albanians have endured and warn that his countrymen cannot and must not respond to Serbian crimes in the same way.
It is your duty today, my dear Albanian friends, to do something similar like Veton did before it is too late for us Serbs, but above all for Kosovo society, to prevent them from sinking into the same pitch darkness that enclosed Serbia in the nineties
I am convinced that you will do what you consider to be your duty and obligation. Kind regards.“
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