Pristina returns to normality, protests will continue

Pristina returns to normality, protests will continue

IBNA Special Report

Pristina, January 28, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Situation in Pristina seems calmer today. “Skanderbeg” square, which became an arena of clashes between police and protesters, seems to have returned to normality.

Cleaning companies have come out to clean the streets from the stones and other things that were thrown yesterday during the clashes.

But, it seems that things do not end here. Leader of Self Determination, Albin Kurti, says that protests will continue until their demands are met.

“There will be protests until minister Aleksandar Jablanovic is dismissed and Trepce becomes a public enterprise. A fresh protest will be held in a matter of days”, said Kurti.

Kurti also rejected the declaration of PM Mustafa, who said that these protests “are causing cross ethnic divisions in Kosovo”.

Albin Kurti

“Our protests do not have an ethnic character. We’re demanding the dismissal of a man who is trying to destroy the state of Kosovo with his declarations and to strengthen Serbia in Kosovo. Had Mustafa dismissed Jablanovic, those things that happened wouldn’t have happened”, said Kurti.

Meanwhile, PM Isa Mustafa says that he doesn’t accept ultimatums and has no intention on dismissing Jablanovic .

Mustafa says that it’s absurd to ask for the overthrow of the government 45 days after it was  created.

“Protesters demanded the resignation of the entire cabinet. This is not reasonable, because all political parties have accepted the election result, therefore nobody has a reason to demand the government’s resignation. The government must be given 100 days to see if it’s working, while we have been given not even a day”, says he.

The PM has also rejected rumors that Trepca will be discussed in Brussels with the Serb PM, saying that such thing has not been demanded by the international community.

“Trepca belongs to Kosovo and it’s within the borders of Kosovo, therefore there’s no reason to talk about Trepca in Brussels. This has not been asked to us by anyone and it will never be asked to us”, said Mustafa.

Meanwhile, political analysts consider PM Isa Mustafa as powerless in front of the protests.

Analyst Imer Mushkolaj is surprised by the declarations issued by PM Isa Mustafa and Foreign Minister Thaci after the protest, who said that the protest had a political nature.

“I believe that every protest that is held, has a political purpose and there must be a political purpose, but in such cases, they are used by political parties to attain their goals”, said he.

He said that the protest was led by opposition leaders and that such situations are usually exploited by the opposition. Mushkolaj believes that if this form persists, an unpleasant situation like the one in 2004 may be produced.

Meanwhile, he saw Mustafa’s and Thaci’s reaction as a lack of courage by the PM to react and solve the situation without Thaci’s help.

“I was expecting Mustafa to react, in the quality of PM, but it seems that Mustafa doesn’t have the courage to react alone. Unfortunately, Mustafa is not able to manage the current situation”, said he. /ibna/