Frightening fate of the handless protester

After the physical attack by a Kosovo riot police officer which resulted in fainting me, I received a medical assistance, which team treated me for several minutes, I went...

After the physical attack by a Kosovo riot police officer which resulted in fainting me, I received a medical assistance, which team treated me for several minutes, I went out of the ‘scope’ of injuries treatment, and right in front of this building, I saw a man (protester) who was melted in dirty clay, emotionally he seemed to be weak and down, just minutes or moments before I was kicked on the face Kosovo riot police forces crushed and beaten him badly, while they tried to shackle him, but there is something ‘strange’ going on here.

Pristina, KOSOVO – by Vedat Xhymshiti
| Sunday, January 15, 2012 | The IndependenT NewsweeK |

I did not see the handcuffs on his hands. I could not even notice that weather he (protestor) had hands? 

In the meantime, a policeman approached pulling him up to the van, put him in and said: “Do not even think to move away, if you just move, we will beat you badly!”

My eye and memory recognized his body clothes, I remember now that I have the impression that his clothes are the same in the human body that I wanted to photograph while riot police was executing the brutal violence on his body.


Hmmm maybe asking him to show his hands in order to handcuff him, but they couldn’t succeed, there are no hands in this human body, because this person is handicapped, he was a man without hands.

Even this opinion, might ‘crash’ of Saturday’s tragic memories can also sound contradictory at first sight, because I remembered that protestor that I wanted to photograph was handcuffed, but now that I remember from photographs of his clothes, I can say that its him.

In the following link, I will bring you a series of photographs carried out during the brutal anti-human Kosovo’s government crackdown development at the border crossing Dheu i Bardhe (English: ‘White soil’) in southeastern Kosovo.

http://www.demotix.com/news/1003398/kosovo-police-disperse-and-arrest-self-determination-party-members

A handicapped ‘Vetevendosje’ supporter being arrested by Kosovo riot-police forces, who also were threatening him if he runs they would beat him badly. The man in pictures is not handcuffed as he is handless. (Photo/Vedat Xhymshiti)

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Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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