Kosovo, March 17, 2021
A rash of attacks on Serbian Orthodox churches in Kosovo has broken out lately. The Church of St. Nedelya in the village of Gornja Gušterica in the municipality of Gračanica was broken into and robbed a few nights ago, becoming the fifth church to be attacked in the span of ten days.
In the morning, the break-in was discovered by villagers who notified the local authorities. Money was stolen, the entrance doors were broken and other material damage was caused, reports RIA-Novosti with reference to the Serbian Cabinet of Ministers.
The fact that so many churches have been attacked lately “clearly indicates a constant threat to the Serbian religious heritage,” the Cabinet writes.
Last week, OrthoChristian reported that the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in the town of Klokot and the Church of the Holy Trinity in Parteš were attacked and robbed.
Patriarchia.ru also reports that the Church of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste in the village of Drajkovce was recently robbed and the entrance doors of the Church of St. Demetrios in Donja Bitinja were broken.
“These attacks are a continuation of the negative practice of threatening religious freedom and property belonging to the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija,” the Serbian government’s office for Kosovo and Metohija said in a special statement.