BELGRADE – Albania’s qualification for the European Football Championship was the occasion for Albanians in Presevo and Bujanovac to organize celebration on Sunday night in these municipalities. However, the celebration turned into a serious provocation because Albanians, among other things, chanted “Kill, slaughter, so that there is no Serb”, writes Serbian daily “Vecernje Novosti”.

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Prosecutor’s Office in Vranje ordered the police to investigate all elements of the gathering, as well as raise criminal charges against unidentified persons for inciting racial, national and religious intolerance. The police is searching for the organizers of the gathering.

Serbs in Bujanovac were scared, and in addition disturbed by the fact that the police did not react.

“I am still upset, and the hardest thing for me was to explain to my children what is happening. I saw some colleagues, neighbours among those people,” said a Serb from Bujanovac.

The police said that they are working on this case in cooperation with Prosecutor’s Office, but that the gathering was not announced, and that, as Sladjan Velinovic – Chief of the police station in Vranje explained for the daily, the police reacted in accordance with “its authority”, but he did not want to specify what kind of reactions these were. Serbs in Bujanovac believe that the police had to react and not allow any “spontaneous gatherings” with nationalist cries.

Zoran Stankovic, president of the Coordinating Body for Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja, also strongly condemned the behavior of the Albanians:

“We demand from the authorities to, as soon as possible, investigate all the facts about this incident in accordance with the law. First of all it is necessary for the public to learn if the gathering was organized or spontaneous and who is behind the young people who sent these messages to their fellow citizens,” said Stankovic.

Young, dressed in jerseys of Albanian national football team watched the match in cafes in Bujanovac and Presevo, and later they spontaneous started celebration in the streets. First they chanted curses with pejorative for Serbs in Albanian, followed by chants in Serbian “Kill, slaughter, so that there is no Serb”. After driving through the streets of Presevo and gathering in front of the building of the local government a fireworks was organized.