Protests in Kosovo over Detainment of Opposition Party Leader

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TOPSHOTS Kosovo police fire tear gas at supporters of opposition MP Albin Kurti during clashes in central Pristina on October 12, 2015. Kurti was arrested hours ago after he disrupted a parliamentary session last week on which a Brussels deal with Serbia was supposed to be discussed. AFP PHOTO/ARMEND NIMANI

Kosovo – Dozens of protesters were on the streets of Pristina, Kosovo, on Thursday night, throwing stones and smashing windows after Albin Kurti, a leading opposition MP was taken in for questioning.

Police fired tear gas after protesters started throwing stones and several police cars were set ablaze during the clashes.

Protesters also attacked the headquarter of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, run by Kosovo’s Prime minister Hashim Thaci.

At least ten people have been injured in the clashes, including both protesters and police.

Kurti is the founder of the Self-Determination party who released tear gas in Kosovo’s parliament last week, in protest at agreements reached with Serbia.  He was taken in by the police for questioning and released later in the day.

The nationalistically motivated Self-Determination party is a party that opposes any dialogue of Pristina with Belgrade, after Kosovo declared its independence in 2008.

In protest to this agreement, Self-Determination has thrown eggs, used whistles and more recently thrown a tear gas canister in Kosovo Parliament.

This agreement between two sides proposes giving more financial and legislative rights to a Community of Serb municipalities.

Kosovo police fire tear gas at supporters of opposition MP Albin Kurti during clashes in central Pristina on October 12, 2015. Kurti was arrested hours ago after he disrupted a parliamentary session last week on which a Brussels deal with Serbia was supposed to be discussed. AFP PHOTO/ARMEND NIMANI

Photo: AFP/ARMEND NIMANI

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