Wednesday, April 16, 2008
15 April 2008 | 20:20 | Source: Beta, Tanjug
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Several thousand Serbs in Kosovska Mitrovica rallied Tuesday under the slogan, "Kosovo is Serbia".
The gathering in the northern part of the divided town was organized by the Serb Council of Northern Kosovo.
President of the Union of Serb Municipalities and Settlements of Kosovo-Metohija Marko Jakšić invited Kosovo Serbs to protest outside the Serbian president's office if the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union were signed.
"This is not an association agreement, this is an agreement on treason, surrender and indirect recognition of independent Kosovo. It is certain that we, who have gone through this and suffered, will not look upon this lightly," Jakšić warned.
Speaking about President Boris Tadić, he said that "if, God forbid, he signs such a thing", Kosovo Serbs will go and stay outside his office "until the Serbian parliament annuls such a shameful and dishonorable treason."
The rally's participants reminded there can be "no alliance with the countries that have recognized the monstrosity of the state called Kosovo", nor with the EU, which set up its EULEX mission, meant to implement the idea of an independent Kosovo.
Workers from the Obilić mines and actors from Belgrade also took part. A law student from Kosovska Mitrovica burned a judge's robe, in protest over the recent Hague acquittal of Ramush Haradinaj, saying this act "passed judgment on the Hague Tribunal itself".
The next protest rally in Kosovska Mitrovica will take place in a week's time, and each Tuesday until Vidovdan on June 28.
A gathering is planned for that date where a decision will be made on how to fight against the independence of Kosovo, the organizers said today, according to Beta news agency.