Timeline of the Kosovo War

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Timeline of the Kosovo War. Abbreviations:

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11 March 1981 protests in Kosovo: Student protest starts at the University of Pristina
1 AprilBetween 5,000 and 25,000 demonstrators of Albanian nationality call for SAP Kosovo to become a constituent republic inside Yugoslavia, as opposed to an autonomous province of Serbia.
2 AprilPresidency sends special forces to stop the demonstrations and declares a state of emergency in regards to Kosovo. State of emergency lasts 7 days. [1]
3 AprilEnd of demonstrations during which 9 people are killed and more than 250 injured. [2]


21 AprilKosovo Albanian student Armend Daci was shot by a Serb civilian sniper in Sunny Hill, Prishtina.
25 AprilThree KLA members shoot in Restaurant Çakor in Deçan and kill three people.



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  2. "6 More Yugoslavs Sentenced For Ethnic Rioting in Kosovo". Reuters. 30 July 1981 via NYTimes.com.
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