BELGRADE – Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Branimir Stojanovic strongly condemned the desecration of the Temple of Christ the Savior in Pristina, which, as he said, was committed by a group of demonstrators during yesterday’ protest, RTS reports.

Branimir Stojanovic (Archive photo) - Photo: BETA
Branimir Stojanovic (Archive photo) – Photo: BETA

Branimir Stojanovic believes that such behavior is shameful and uncivilized, but that shameful is also the fact that, as he added, the police quietly stood and watched protesters as they entered the temple.

“Urinating in a sanctuary is shameful, uncivilized, vandalism,” said Stojanovic in a written statement.

As he pointed out, Serbian sanctuaries in Kosovo are constantly desecrated, but that temple seems to bother someone pretty much, because it is most often targeted by vandals.

Therefore, said Stojanovic, it is necessary to build a fence around the temple, as soon as possible, and prevent the perpetrators of shameful and uncivilized acts and further desecration of the temple.

“The quiet observation of the demonstrators by the police, as they entered the temple and urinated is also shameful,” said Stojanovic.

Recalling that the temple was desecrated many times, Stojanovic said that the perpetrators were never found, and that yesterday everything happened before the eyes of the police.

Stojanovic is therefore calling Kosovo Interior Minister to take punitive measures against police officers who, with their failure to act, enabled smooth committing of criminal offenses.

“Vandals have to be stopped,” concluded Stojanovic.