Presheva, protest against arrests
Thousands of Albanians from the Presheva valley gathered to protest against the arrests undertaken by the Serbian Police.
The protesters held slogans against the arrests made on what they called mounted charges for terrorism or war crimes.
“The propaganda in Belgrade is that every Albanian is a terrorist, hence we say that we are all terrorists”, declared one of the organizers.
The Serbian Police has arrested eight Albanians at the Presheva Valley, five of whom on war crime charges and three others of petty crimes. The Serbian Interior Minister, Ivica Dacic, warned that the arrested people are related with the 2001 war of the Liberation Army for Presheva, Medegia, and Bujanova (UCPMB).
Official Tirana reacted after the arrests at the Presheva Valley. The Albanian Foreign Ministry condemns the arrests:
“Returning the rhetoric and accusations during the campaign, for the so called war crimes in Kosovo, only for political benefits, damages the democratic standards and the inter-ethnic coexistence in the country”, the reaction says.
This Friday, the Prishtina government considered the arrests as something that damages peace and stability in the entire region.