Kosovo Police: This is not Serbia; this is Albania

June 30, 20123

Norwegian journalist Kristian Kahrs travelled with Serbs to Kosovo to record their commemoration of Vidovdan in Gazimestan, Kosovo.  Kahrs returned from Kosovo with a 500 euro fee branded a criminal by authorities for placing a microphone too close to Kosovo police authorities.

This remarkably even-handed account (Kahrs praises the judge and some of the Albanian police for some part of their behaviour) nevertheless paints a bleak picture of Kosovo today.

Because I wanted to pay my respect to the Serbian Vidovdan, I had brought a t-shirt and a hat with the Serbian flag. However, because I knew how sensitive the Kosovo Police was, I put my t-shirt in my suitcase and the hat in my pocket because I had no intention of provoking an incident.

When the Kosovo Police searched me, they threw my t-shirt and hat in the ditch beside the road and said very rudely “This is Albania; this is not Serbia.”

The police officer who was most active in charging me was in fact the Serbian woman Gordana Grujić with police ID #8097. She works at the Northern Police station in Priština

Three other Albanian police officers who witnessed against me, shook my hand.  With Gordana Grujić it was different. She refused to shake my hand and said that my apology for being too close with the microphone means nothing. It is quite interesting how a Serbian woman defends the Albanian-dominated state with such fervor.

Kahrs promises to contest this unjust sentence.  Read the fully story here.

The BBC report of the incident show that Priština authorities are not apologetic for the behaviour of their police (three Serbs had gunshot wounds inflicted by Kosovo police after claims that stones were thrown at them).  Instead of issuing a statement promising to crackdown on those who threw Molitov cocktails at Serbs…

Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga said future groups would be banned “as they are seriously violating law and order and further exacerbating the security situation in Kosovo”.

You can watch a video showing some of this dehumanising  behaviour here (the clip is preceded by an ad).

3 Comments to “Kosovo Police: This is not Serbia; this is Albania”
  1. [...] Read more on ebritic.com Tweet This entry was posted in News by Kristian Kahrs. Bookmark the permalink. [...]

Leave a Reply



Before you post, please prove you are sentient.

crno (in English)

  1. CIA exposed by former agent – Robert Baer

  2. The View in to the Future: Serbia and the Western Balkans in the EU

  3. Diaspora cash buoys Serbian economy as investments dry up

  4. What Serbs call their babies: Top-10 past and present

  5. Firemen “Father Christmas” to deliver presents to Serbian kids


Florim Hasani: I gave 270,000 euros to Francesco Fiori

PRISTINA – Florim Hasani, brother of Besnik Hasani, convicted to 33 years in prison for triple murder in Kacanik, said that he indirectly gave 270,000 euros to the former EULEX judge Francesco Fiori for the release of his brother.

Kocijancic: Brussels aware of EULEX corruption reports

BRUSSELS – Eulex had suspended one of its staff members before media reports of alleged corruption among the mission’s top officials were ...

Kosovo: Serb stabbed in Kosovska Mitrovica

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA – Two masked perpetrators attacked Caslav Ilic, 35, from Kosovska Mitrovica just before 8 a.m. on Friday, stabbing him several times in the stomach.

Meucci: EULEX in Kosovo working according to law

PRISTINA – Eulex chief Gabriele Meucci says that the anti-corruption efforts of the EU mission in Kosovo are being conducted according to ...

Kosovo: Five Serb houses demolished in Djakovica

“Urgent review of EULEX activities necessary”

Bamieh: My life is in danger

Kosovo: Two detained Serbs go on hunger strike

Committee: International community should protect Kosovo Serbs

Djuric: Over 30 attacks against Kosovo Serbs in two weeks

Kosovo: Seven imams placed under house arrest

Suspended EULEX prosecutor to publish information ‘which will shake the EU’

Chile refuses to play friendly match with Kosovo

Serbian President not to visit Belgium due to Kosovo statehood symbols

Lost Highway: Corruption and Propaganda in Kosovo

Janjic: Kosovo Serbs are hostages, hunting season on Serbs still open

Molotov cocktails thrown at Serb owned cafe, anti-Serb grafitti in Kosovo Polje

Serbs Urge US to Support Return to Kosovo

Notes on a Football Scandal

Kosovo: Serb house stoned in Klina


Young Jovic wants to emulate idol Djoko – gulfnews.com

Serbian Singing Society “RAVANICA” – Pesme Iz Srbije

Andy Murray beats Grigor Dimitrov, books World Tour Finals spot – Indian Express

Milan Grba WW1 lecture – the first time Brits and Serbs really met

Matijević zaradio najviše

Dakić next conquest – 16 mountains for charity

Grad Smederevo dobio vlasništvo nad zemljištem Železare

Fiskalni savet: Rashodi ispod crte u ovoj godini 80 milijardi dinara

Gas od sutra skuplji za 3,6 odsto

ATP Paris Masters: Andy Murray eliminated by Novak Djokovic in quarter-finals – SkySports

Switch to our mobile site