Kosovo police use tear gas to disperse opposition protesters

Jan 9, 2016 1:33 PM by News Staff

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) - Police in Kosovo have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse a group of violent opposition supporters in the capital, Pristina.

The violence came at the end of an otherwise peaceful rally in which several thousand ethnic Albanians called on Kosovo's government to resign, arguing the executive has broken the country's constitution in reaching deals with Serbia and Montenegro last year.

At the end of the rally, some demonstrators pelted police and the government building with rocks and other hard objects, despite calls from organizers to disperse peacefully. Part of a government building was set on fire before police intervened.

A police spokesman says eight officers, two demonstrators and two journalists were injured, while 24 protesters were detained.

In December, Kosovo's Constitutional Court decided that part of a deal between Kosovo and Serbia, which would give more powers to ethnic Serbs in Kosovo, was not in line with the country's constitution.


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