Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Day of Hope

1000 CET:  Today marks the 5th anniversary of the NATO bombings of Kosovo.  There are rallies pretty much all over Kosovo to celebrate what they call "Day of Hope".  UNMIK and KFOR issued a joint statement asking for calm during the rallies but the chances of them turning violent is high, especially after last week's events.

Overnight, uniformed men attacked a marked UN police vehicle in Podujevo (a kind of suburb to Pristina), killing an international police officer from Africa and an Albanian KPS officer.  Another KPS officer and language assistant were injured in the incident as well.  Also this morning, there seems to be an incident near Didem's house as the roads are blocked and she was not allowed to walk our normal route to work.  There are many sirens heard in the city this morning but little information as to what is happening.