The Report by Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Center (FHP) on March violence in Kosovo contains also the summary of negative, but also of some positive consequences in the municipality of Štrpce/Shtërpcë. A Serb Lj. R. director of the House of Culture in this town spoke about this in the interview given to the FHP on May 2nd 2004: 

The violence in other places devalued all the positive things we’ve acquired over the last five years. Of late we had more freedom. We moved about freely, went to Prizren, Uroševac, Priština and other places. The police and KFOR did not escort convoys. No incidents were recorded. Police and KFOR checkpoints were abolished. After the perfidious murder of Dobrivoje Stolić and his 22-year old son Borko at night on 17/18 March in the village of Drajkovce, municipality of Štrpce, fear and concern set in amongst the Serbs (…) The assembly and the assembly bodies do not work. The Albanian employees do not come to work. The Serb employees refuse to work with the Albanians. (…) And yet, whilst some Serb and Albanian politicians competed in outbursts of ethnic patriotism, villagers in mixed villages in our municipality acted. The Albanians and the Serbs in the villages of Donja and Gornja Bitinja and Sušica have agreed to defend one another against unknown persons and that is something that is positive here and one should make use of it in the time to come.

It was actually in these same villages that in 2019 the first joint Serbian-Albanian ecological movement and demonstrations against construction of mini  hydro-plants on the small rivers of Shara Mountain took place. 


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