Sunday, June 28, 2009

Serb memorial bulldozed in Kosovo town

Serb memorial bulldozed in Kosovo town

28 June 2009 | 21:46 | Source: Tanjug

GNJILANE -- Municipal authorities in the Kosovo town of Gnjilane on Sunday demolished a memorial dedicated to the knights of Tsar Lazar.

The news was confirmed for Tanjug news agency by Gnjilane municipal assembly president Milorad Todorović.

Lazar Hrebeljanović led the Serbian medieval state's army in the Battle of Kosovo, and died fighting the invading Ottoman Turks. Serbs today mark the 620th anniversary of the battle, and the religious holiday of Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day).

Todorović described the demolition as an act of vandalism that carries with it "a certain message to the Serbs in this part of Kosovo".

"If they intended to do this, the municipal authorities could at least have chosen another day, instead of one of the most important holidays for Kosovo's Serbs," said he.

The memorial was built along with a statue of Tsar Lazar on the 600th anniversary of the battle. The statue was demolished in 1999, after the arrival of NATO troops to the province, the news agency reports.

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