Đorđe Martinović is an ethnic Serb from Kosovo and Metohija, who was brutally tortured by being impaled on a pole with a half-liter bottle on top. The bottle stopped just under his ribs, where it shattered. Đorđe was somehow able to crawl to the road and find someone to help, who got him transported to the Priština Hospital.

As this scandal broke news far outside the region, even warranting a mention in the New York Times, the Yugoslav authorities did everything in their power to cover it up, leading to the official conclusion that it was an instance of self-harm, since the truth would undoubtedly threaten the ideal of “Brotherhood and Unity” and, god forbid, paint the Shqiptar as terrorists, which is what they were. This caused widespread dissatisfaction among Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, resulting in their continued exodus to the central parts of Serbia and Vojvodina.

It was not until 1990 that the country was found guilty of everything it had done. The perpetrators were naturally never found, and the promised compensation was also never paid out.

“The Crucifiction of Đorđe Martinović” – (Mića Povović)

One of leading Serbian contemporary artists Mića Popović painted an homage which also served as a protest and a depiction of the cruel reality the Serbs lived in, between the daily Shqiptar terrorism and the communist dictatorship.