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1981: Kosovo-Republic!

Hydajet Hyseni (1 April 1981)
Hydajet Hyseni (1 April 1981)

Tito died in 1980 and with his death the Yugoslav polity slowly but surely began to unravel. "In Kosovo," writes Judah, "the first signs of this came in March 1981, when the province was rocked by demonstrations. They began in the university on 11 March, and at the very beginning had nothing to do with politics but with poor living conditions at the university and problems in the canteen."

Daut Dauti who was then a student and later became a journalist, recalls that "actually the food was not that bad. The real problem was the service. There were so many students that sometimes you had to queue up for two hours to get a meal." So, for the first few days, speakers complained about the canteen but then they began raising the issue of the university administration, saying it was run by "parasites" who were building themselves luxury houses in plush areas of Pri

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