Upon Hillary Clinton’s departure from the former Yugoslavia yesterday, the region symbolically marked the occasion of her visit with an apropos ritual symbolizing the era she ushered in:

Kosovo: Serb beaten near enclave
15 October 2010 | 11:33 | Source: Beta

GRAČANICA — A Serb man was attacked and severely beaten near the Serb enclave of Gračanica in Kosovo.

This is according to Gračanica’s health center. This medical institution issued a statement today saying the man was assaulted on the Janjevo-Gračanica road while he was trying to repair his car, which had “Serbian license plates”.

The victim, identified as M.L., told the doctors that three persons approached and cursed him in broken Serbian, and proceeded to beat him saying they did so because of his license plates.

The victim also quoted his assailants as repeatedly saying that he should “remember that Kosovo is an Albanian state”.

The victim was left lying on the side of the road. He then unsuccessfully tried to reach the Gračanica health center by phone, but the Telekom Srbija lines in Serb enclaves south of the Ibar River were severed last month by the Kosovo Albanian authorities in Priština.

The man eventually managed to reach the hospital, where he was diagnosed with serious injuries to his head and body.

Kosovo police, KPS, have been informed about the incident and they investigated the scene, said reports.