Two days before the armed attack in Banjska, Kosovo, Kosovo police had announced that some inscriptions with the motive of inciting hatred were seen in Zvecan. The inscriptions on some house walls are the same as those that had appeared days before, “When the army returns to Kosovo”.
The police also reported this in the 24-hour report.
“During the patrol, the police units have noticed that unknown suspects have inscribed the walls of some houses with motifs of sedition. “Regarding the case, the prosecutor was consulted, who recommended to initiate the procedure and continue the investigation,” the police said.
This slogan has been appearing in Serbia for some time, but also in north Kosovo, a region where the ethnic majority of Serbs live.
On September 11, “When the army returns to Kosovo” was displayed in the courtyard of the Technical School in North Mitrovica. The graffiti, written in cyrillic letters, was colored with the colors of the serbian flag.
Since the end of July, graffiti with such an inscription has appeared in Belgrade and other cities in Serbia. Such graffiti was also seen in Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina in August.
The graffiti was created by fans of the Crvena Zvezda football club after a friendly match with the Italian club Fiorentina in Belgrade on July 26.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, had also participated there.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, had considered this action in the game as a call to violence, while there was no reaction from the official Belgrade. Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bislimi has also stated that Delije, Zvezda fans, “often sends messages that Vučić cannot or will not say publicly.”
The graffiti message is part of a folk song sung by Metropolitan Amfilohije of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Bishop Atanasije.
In February of this year, activists from the organization Youth Initiative for Human Rights and the association Krokodil painted this graffiti red on Slavija Square in Belgrade.
However, it was replicated in this place and in several other places in Belgrade.
A day after the armed clashes in Banjska, a debate has opened in Serbia about who armed the criminal group and who sent them to attack the Kosovo police.
“Vucic must be trusted that Serbia has nothing to do with Banjska – nothing is useful for him.” However, that won’t help them much. Serbia is hostage to its president’s demagogy, from which the graffiti “When the army returns to Kosovo” emerged, writes Filip Švarm in his analysis in the Belgrade weekly Vreme. “After so many televised wars, howitzers, Serbization of tabloids and other empty bravado, it is obvious that the cost is incurred. The highest price for this policy continues to be paid by Serbs in Kosovo.”/The Geopost/