January 24, 2013, 10:06 PM
Join Date: December 20, 2012
Location: Sweet Home
Oh you mean this?
Box 6.1 The history of weapons collection in Kosovo
Organized weapons collection programmes have a long and difficult history in Kosovo.
Seizures date back at least to the Ottomans. In 1844, as part of a modernizing reform package,
the authorities in Istanbul started to strengthen their control over previously quite remotely
governed regions like Kosovo. These new measures also included attempts to disarm the local
population. As the modernizing reform was strongly resisted in conservative Kosovo throughout
the following decades, more guns were confiscated in successive campaigns to keep the population
under control. One of the reasons that the revolutionary so-called Young Turks received the
support of conservative Albanians in Kosovo, in their attempts to wrestle the power from the old
guard in power in Istanbul, was that they promised to respect the Albanians’ traditional rights,
including the right to carry arms.
In the first decade of the twentieth century, people in Kosovo again rebelled against the
Ottomans, this time because of new taxes. To quell the resistance, Ottoman troops were sent to
c and Gjakovë/
Dakovica, where taxes were forcefully collected, the population regis
and arms confiscated. For example, in 1910, as many as 147,525 guns were allegedly confiscated
through harsh means. In the same move, all knives other than bread-knives were banned.
During the first half of the twentieth century, when Albanians were under Serb/Yugoslav rule,
the Serbian gendarmerie conducted what it called disarmament expeditions, but which in fact
amounted to ethnically-based systematic violence against the Albanians. In the early post-Second
World War period the federal Yugoslav police, under Minister of Interior Aleksander Rankovi ́
attempted to collect arms forcibly from the population. In the winter of 1956, these house-to-
house seizure programmes led to beatings, torture, and even killings. According to Noel Malcolm,
‘so severe was the treatment of those who failed to hand over a gun that many Albanians would
prudently buy a weapon in order to have something to surrender’ (1998, pp. 320–21).
As the Yugoslav federation was dismembered in the 1990s, Milosevic continued the tradition
weapons collection. Kosovo Albanians were beaten, tortured, or wrongfully fined in
weapons seizure operations.
Yeah, just ignore that because those European people are just too stupid and primitive.
ETA: Oh yeah, Kosovo, not on the list.
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