Members of Association of Families of Kidnapped and Murdered in Kosovo have covered the inscription on the Monument of Gratitude to France with a black cloth.
The inscription reads, “We love France as it loved us, 1914-1918.”
In this way, the activists on Friday expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision of a French court not to extradite Ramush Haradinaj, wanted on war crimes charges, to Serbia.
The Association’s president, Simo Spasic, said that Thursday’s decision “killed justice.”
“The court’s explanation hurt even more than the decision. If there was any justice at all Haradinaj would be serving life based on what he admitted to in his diary,” Spasic said in front of the monument, addressing citizens who held photographs of the victims killed in Kosovo.
According to Spasic, the families of the murdered and kidnapped Serbs are ready to reconcile with Albanian families – but never with criminals.
Several hundred people then walked toward the National Assembly, where they will also cover a display of the victim’s photographs located in front of the building with a black cloth.
The monument in Belgrade’s Kalemegdan is the work of Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. It was installed in 1930 to mark the friendship, mutual assistance, and suffering of Serbia and France in the First World War.
The Serbian government recently singed an agreement with the French embassy to reconstruct the monument.
This is not the first time that the inscription has been covered with a black cloth – it was done previously on March 26, 1999, two days after the beginning of NATO’s aggression, in which France – considered to as a friendly country and an ally in Serbia – took part.
Another message was placed over the original inscription: “Glory eternal to France, which no longer exists.”