Amnesty International is deeply concerned at the failure of the domestic and international security forces to adequately protect minority communities in the violent clashes which occurred on 17 – 18 March 2004.

The organization is also seriously concerned at allegations of complicity by some members of the Kosovo Police Service (KPS – the domestic police force)(1) in the violence which, the authorities estimated, involved some 51,000 people in 33 violent incidents throughout Kosovo – predominantly involving ethnic Albanians attacking Kosovo Serb enclaves and communities. Nineteen people died and over 950 were injured in the violence and there was large-scale destruction of property. Over 4,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

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See also: Kosovo/Kosova (Serbia and Montenegro): The March Violence – One year on