Aktuelles aus Prishtinë (Pristina), Mitrovica, Prizren, Prizeren, Pejë, Pec - Historisches zu Kosova und UCK
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26.10.2020
"POLICE USED EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE" KOSOVAR KILLINGS "POLITICAL", NGO SAYS OMBUDSPERSON
anglisht gjermanisht Die Bilanz des Menschenrechtsvereines KMDLNJ, über die gewalttätigen Exzesse in Prishtina am 10 Februar fällt für die UNMIK- Polizei vernichtend aus. In einem Bericht vom 13 Februar stellt der KMDLNJ fest: „ Die Polizei setzte auf Gewalt, ihr fällt die Verantwortung für den Tod zweier Menschen zu“. Zuerst beschreibt der Bericht den friedlichen Auftakt der Veranstaltung. Dann wird beschrieben wie ein Demonstrationszug mit dem siebzigjährigen Adem Demaci,

mit älteren Frauen (von der Organisation Mütter der Verschwundenen) und Albin Kurti an der Spitze sich formierte. Daraufhin griff die Polizei, welche die Straße nicht für einen friedlichen Protestzug freimachen wollte, mit äußerster Brutalität die Demonstranten an . Jugendliche bildeten einen Schutzring um die Frauen und Adem Demaci, die Polizei setzte sofort Knüppel, und Plastikgeschosse ein. Jene international geächteten Waffen töteten zwei der Demonstranten. Nach Hinweisen waren die Geschosse auch noch mit Metallteilen versetzt. Der KMDLNJ stellt in seinem Bericht fest: „ Dass die Demonstranten völlig unbewaffnet waren“. Dennoch wurden sie speziell von ukrainischen, polnischen und italienischen Sondereinheiten der UNMIK Polizei von allen Seiten her beschossen. Der KMDLNJ beobachtete Scharfschützen der UNMIK, die es der Polizei ermöglichten aus kurzer und weiterer Distanz die Demonstranten zu beschießen. Abschließend heißt es im KMDLNJ Bericht: „ Die Polizeiintervention war definitiv überlegt und geformt, um bestimmte politische Ziele zu erreichen. Die Polizei und ihre politischen Köpfe sind verantwortlich für die Eskalation der Gewalttätigkeit, die Intervention zielt darauf ab, die Organisation VETËVENDOSJE zu beseitigen.“ Eine andere nicht- staatliche Organisation kam zu ähnlichen Schlüssen. Allgemein wird geschlussfolgert, „dass die Tötungen am Samstag stattfanden, um die Nachricht zu übermitteln, dass Widerstand gegen Paket Ahtisaaris untragbar ist“.


Dokumentation-Erklärung des KMDLNJ in englischer Sprache- Fragen des Ombudsmannes zum Polizeieinsatz


HR-GROUP: "POLICE USED EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE"
KOSOVAR KILLINGS "POLITICAL", NGO SAYS
OMBUDSPERSON: 'INTERNAL INQUIRY INSUFFICIENT'

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CDHRF: "POLICE USED EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE"

Following is a the statement of the independent Council for the Defence
of Human Rights annd Liberties CDHRF in Prishtina, dated February 13th:

"CDHRF monitored the situation in Feb 10th, 2007, with 11 activists from
HQ in Prishtina and a number of other activists dispatched to the field.
CDHRF was invited from SHPK HQ to help convey to the protestors the
routes that were kept free for the march.

The folk gathering started outside VETËVENDOSJE! HQ in Prishtina. Adem
Demaç, hr-activist and winer of Sacharov Peace Prize, walked in the
first line of the protestors, together with mrs Ferdane Efendia who
leads families of the disappeared, and Albin Kurti who leads
VETËVENDOSJE! This sent a strong signal that the protests would be
peaceful. Protestors who run into police barricades went around them and
followed the routes conveyed by the police. During their march,
protestors walked besides Ministries of Sport, Youth and Culture, as
well as of Public Services. Had protestors wanted to take over the
institutions, they would have done that easily.

A number of KMDLNJ activists were at this time situated behind police
lines outside the National Theatre. They saw how special police forces
from Poland and Ukraine got reinforced by Italian carabinieri and SHPK's
SWAT-team, the later ill-reputed for their violent actions against
earlier peacefull demonstrations.

CDHRF cocludes that the UNMIK police and SHPK have delivered a
premeditated and well-planed violence. They had occupied high grounds
around Mother Teresa Square with snipers. When protesters moved the
barricades of the police, the latter went into action with excessive
violence. Unlike the demonstrations of November 28th, when protestors
were equiped with bottles, this time they stod empty-handed. This
confronts claims from the police that the demonstrators had attempted to
take over institutions, and that they had risked the lives of the
citizens of Prishtina. The police continued their assoult with ever
grater numbers of officers, a huge arsenal of teargas, rubber bullits
and armor. During this time, a police helicopter flew above the protestors.

> From the first police assoult, protestors abandonned the barricades and
posed no possible danger. The police, however, continued to shoot large
amounts of teargas and rubber bullits in all directions, even against
balconies in Mother Teresa Square. Many window glasses have been broken
by rubber bullits and teargas canisters shot right against them. Scores
of protestors have been wonded while trying to escape from the police.
The police has hindered bystanders from helping wounded protestors,
anyone who attempted to offer help to a wonded protestor was arrested.


KOSOVAR KILLINGS "POLITICAL", NGO'S SAY

Prishtina, Februari 12th - Local government and the UN administration in
Kosova are to blame for the bloodshed in Kosova in Saturday's
demonstration, says a well-known human rights NGO in Kosova.

"The police intervention was definitely deliberate and shaped to obtain
certain political goals. The police and their political heads are
responsible for the escalation of the violence", Council for the Defence
of Human Rights and Liberties said today, Monday.

"The intervention aims to eliminate the VETËVENDOSJE! movement from the
political scene of the country", CDHRF said.

Another prominent NGO said the killings in Saturday took place to convey
the message that resistance against Ahtisaari's package is intolerable.

"Killings of two protestors of VETËVENDOSJE! by the police in Saturday
is the culmination of a continual physical and medial repression
exercised against all dissidence in Kosova", says Çohu, an independent
NGO against corruption.

"Arguments that the police intervention has taken place to prevent
protestors from forcefully entering institutions are built upon
prejudice. It is totally clear that the police had orders to brake the
protestors physically and psychically, in order to convey the message
that any resistance against Ahtisaari's package is intolerable.
Pretensions that VETËVENDOSJE! has exercised violence are a gross
exaggeration by the officials. No policeman or any other member of the
Kosovar administration, local nor international, has even been injured
in any of the demonstrations arranged by VETËVENDOSJE!", Çohu says.

"The organization [VETËVENDOSJE!] has never posed a challenge to the
security situation in Kosova, but it has challenged the official version
on the future of Kosova. Killings of unarmed protestors and declarations
from officials and political leaders that the use of force against
VETËVENDOSJE! has been proportional poses a failure of the institutions.
This is a moment to reflect over the totally undemocratic ways in which
this country is being governed. In this situation, the normal procedure
would be to sack PM Agim Çeku, interior minister Fatmir Rexhepi, head of
the Kosovar police force Sheremet Ahmeti, and the international
commissionaire of the police, Stephen Curtis", Çohu says.

Mon Balaj (30) and Arbën Xheladini (34) were killed in Saturday in a
brutal police intervention against the VETËVENDOSJE! movement in
Prishtina, Kosova's capitol. 85 more people were reported seriously
injured in clashes that followed when police officers tried to stop the
protestors from going thru with their march. At least one of them –
Shkurte Aliu, female (24) - is in critical status as of yet.

The government has followed with a nationwide sweep against
VETËVENDOSJE! movement. Officers have broken into movement's premises
and prominent leader's homes across Kosova. VETËVENDOSJE!-s leader Albin
Kurti has been jailed, as well as 5 other prominent leaders of the movement.


OMBUDSPERSON: 'INTERNAL INQUIRY INSUFFICIENT'

Human Rights Ombudsperson in Kosova questions today whether the police
brutality against opposition in Saturday was proportional. An internal
police inquiry on the riots that landed two dead and 84 wounded is
"insufficient", ombudsperson said in a letter addressed to both
UNMIK-cheef Joachim Rücker and Prime Minister Agim Çeku.

"I'm deeply concerned over the circumstances that have left two dead
Kosovars after the protest of February 10th", Hilmi Jashari, HRO said.

"Two dead and scores of wonded make me question wether the police used
proportional force", he said.