Three local Serbs said they went to cut wood and turned off the main road further into the forest, where they came across a Kosovo police who had beaten them, thinking they were going to enforce the barricades at the Brnjak border crossing blocked for the fourth day on Thursday.
„Initially, the information was the incident occurred at the Brnjak crossing itself, but it happened on the Brnjak-Zubin Potok road, in northern Kosovo near Lake Gazivoda, an N1 reporter said.
The beaten men first sought help at the health centre in Zubin Potok, and then were transferred to the health centre in the northern town of Mitrovica.
Petar Petkovic, the head of Serbia’s Government Office for Kosovo, said the Serbs were beaten for no reason, asking local Serbs to remain calm and not fall for provocations.
„Since the beginning of the crisis, Belgrade has been calling for restraint and peace, and Serbs from the north of Kosovo and Metohija ( the term official Belgrade use for Kosovo), who are only defending the right to freedom, have never given any reason for such use of force,“ he said.
Petkovic added that „Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti is directly responsible for today’s horrific incident.“
He added that „it is now more than clear that he (Kurti) is not interested in any dialogue, nor a solution to the crisis (with license plates)“ but „in trying to conquer the north of Kosovo and Metohija, by force“.