Aufruf der Gewerkschaften aus dem Kosovo
To the people of Europe, particularly to Trade Unions
The people of Kosova desperately need your help. Ethnic cleansing has driven hundreds of thousands of Albanian Kosova citizens from their homes. This violence and injustice has been growing since 1989 when Serbian troops occupied Kosova, which had the right of veto at the federal level, illegally crushed its parliament, constitution and all legitimate institutions, closed its schools, colleges and hospitals to all Albanians and sacked Albanian workers from their jobs.
We appeal to the people of Europe to defend us from this fascist violence. Please, come to Kosova with humanitarian aid, come to show your solidarity, come to see for yourself what is happening. We need you by our side or the Serbian regime's genocide is going to continue until they get their "ethnically pure state".
But if you want to reach us you will have to confront an obstacle - the Serbian regime will not grant visas to anyone who they think will tell the truth of what they have seen in Kosova and campaign for solidarity. There is a blockade around Kosova which isolates the suffering people from the outside world. We need you to break this blockade. We need a humanitarian corridor reaching from the outside world right into Kosova. Let the fleeing victims of ethnic cleansing escape their torturers! Let food, medicine, educational supplies, and everything else needed for a human life, reach the communities who are resisting ethnic cleansing. Let Kosova live!
Therefore if you are to reach us you will need to organise yourselves to be strong enough to demand from the Serbian regime the right to travel to Kosova. We ask everyone who hears this appeal to unite to organise a "convoy of aid and solidarity".
Your action will signal that the people of Europe will not sit back and allow ethnic cleansing and will not allow politicians to make the promise "No more Bosnias" become empty words.
Your action will give hope and strength to all the people in Kosova who want to establish a just and democratic society in which everyone can live and work in peace.
Please contact us today, this minute. Our future is in your hands.
On behalf of
25 March 1999