After June of 1999, Albanians burned the Serb quarter of town.
Prizrenís Serbs fled en masse in July of 1999. A considerable
amount of violence was directed at Prizrenís Roma by the KLA;
detention centers were created where minorities and Albanians
considered to be collaborators were tortured, and often killed.
minorities now face the least amount of security and movement
restrictions in Kosovo- with the exception of resident Serbs. All
languages, including Serbian, are spoken freely in Prizrenís
streets. Serbs who identify themselves as Bosniaks or Gorani can
move freely, as long as they are not recognized. Prizrenís Roma,
Turks, Gorani, and Bosniaks have freedom of movement within Prizren
municipality, including usage of public transportation. Minorities
also travel freely to
. This freedom of
movement ends when one leaves Prizren municipality; minorities are
wary of traveling further except with a private car.
Prizren has a well-developed middle class; it is a city built on
commerce. In Prizrenís Roma Mahalas, Roma own shops and cafes.
This is a rare occurrence outside of Prizren. Many Roma work as
blacksmiths; many also work as manual laborers. Some Roma children
beg in the old townís center.