Yugoslavia: Veton Surroi

Veton Surroi, the ethnic Albanian leader of the opposition Parliamentary Party of Kosovo, was arrested on 26 June and sentenced to 60 days’s imprisonment, apparently on charges of having “disturbed the public peace”. He was among a group of ethnic Albanians who organized a silent demonstration against what they called the “violence carried out by the Serbian occupying powers” on 13 June 1991 in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo Province. Although the organizers did not seek authorization to hold the demonstration, police did not intervene and no incidents of violence were reported. Amnesty International considers Veton Surroi to be a prisoner of conscience.

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