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Protesters clash with riot police in Kosovo

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A supporter of opposition party Vetevendosje (Self-determination) hits at a police cordon during a protest in Pristina, Kosovo, on Oct. 22. Kosovo police fired teargas at the crowd attempting to storm the parliament in Pristina to protest against talks of Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic last week in Brussels, Belgium. The protest was called by the Kosovo Albanian nationalist movement Vetevendosje (Self-determination), which fiercely opposes the EU-sponsored talks with Serbia aimed at improving relations. Serbia refuses to accept Kosovo's 2008 decleration of independence and Vetevendosje insists that Pristina should not negotiate with Belgrade as long as it continues to claim sovereignty over its breakaway province.

Visar Kryeziu / AP

A Kosovo police officer and a protester spray each other with pepper spray, during a protest in the Kosovo capital Pristina on Monday, Oct. 22. Kosovo police in riot gear fired tear gas and used batons to disperse dozens of ethnic Albanians protesting a meeting between Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and Serbian leader Ivica Dacic. Protest early Monday was called by Self-Determination, a hardline opposition group that opposes any talks with Serbia.

Hazir Reka / Reuters

A protester from the Kosovo opposition party "Vetevendosja" (Self-determination) clashes with police forces during a demonstration in Pristina on Oct. 22. Police fired tear gas in Kosovo on Monday to disperse opposition activists demonstrating against a meeting last week in Brussels between Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic. Dozens of protesters and police officers were injured during the protest.

 From Reuters : PRISTINA - Police in Kosovo fired teargas and made dozens of arrests on Monday in clashes with opposition activists demonstrating against a new push by the European Union to improve ties between Serbia and its former southern province.

The unrest followed a meeting last week in Brussels between Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic. Continue reading this story here.


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