A protest was held in Gracanica regarding the decision of the Kosovo government to increase taxes on goods coming from Serbia and BiH to 100 percent, reports KIM radio.
The protest was attended by several hundred citizens, including representatives and employees of the Municipality of Gracanica, the Provisional Authority of Pristina Municipality, the Hospital Gracanica and the Health Center.
“Pristina’s decision to increase taxes affects everyday life of citizens,” said Gracanica Mayor Srdjan Popovic, adding that during the previous conflict nobody burned products from America, Croatia, Albania …
“Dear gentlemen of high politics, my dear gentlemen economic nationalists, you left Serb and Albanian families without the highest quality and cheapest products to which they can reach. They say that there is a huge wall of mistrust among us, and that’s right. And where did we have confidence? The answer is clear and simple. In small products that accompany us for decades,” Popovic said.
“Do not abolish our good habits,” Popovic told the authorities in Pristina.
“If the average Albanian family, even in the worst times of the conflict, did not lose confidence in these products, and if this trust has been preserved to this day, why are you ruin it? I claim, and let this be the conclusion of this gathering, by abolishing that trust, you dug another deeper gap between Serbs and Albanians. “
Medical institutions in Kosovo that work through the system of the Republic of Serbia and their patients monitore the situation with a great deal of attention, says Mirjana Dimitrijevic, Director of the Health Center in Gracanica.
“The situation is tough: The supply of drugs, oxygen, reagents will not last long, but we will succeed. We urge Pristina to end this war, to look at the people in the face and imagine themselves in front of sick children, pregnant women, the elderly and the infirm ones who see us as the only salvation,” said Dr. Dimitrijevic.
The residents of Gracanica hope that this measure will soon be abolished and point out that it has a negative impact on the Serbs and Albanians.