BELGRADE – Students from Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Pristina University sent a letter to local media on Friday calling for the demolition or repurposing of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, BIRN reports.
“As this building was built in the time of Milosevic’s regime, right in the courtyard of the university campus, we express our deep indignation about why nothing has yet been done by the Republic of Kosovo to destroy that building, or turning it into a type of building that will serve the students of the University of Pristina ‘Hasan Pristina’ for their studies, such as a library,” said the letter.
The students also said that renewed construction work on the unfinished church, preparations for which started on Thursday, should stop permanently, BIRN reports.
“We believe that this construction only started to raise inter-ethnic tensions, therefore we have not taken any action yet, but if it continues in the coming days, we will react as Kosovo’s Albanians students always have done, with various [protest] actions and student protests,” the letter warned.
The students said that they are not against any religion or religious building, but against what they called the “degradation” of the university.
Serbian Orthodox Church representatives in Kosovo started cleaning the church on Thursday, but their work was stopped by the Pristina municipality’s inspection office, which claimed they did not have the proper permit for it.
The cleaning was organised by local Serbs and the church after unknown perpetrators put tyres in the building and set fire to them on September 9.