Kosovo MPs fire tear gas in Parliament

Kosovo MPs in Parliament yesterday when opposition lawmakers protesting against deals with Serbia fired tear gas and pepper spray.
Kosovo MPs in Parliament yesterday when opposition lawmakers protesting against deals with Serbia fired tear gas and pepper spray.PHOTO: REUTERS

PRISTINA • Kosovo's opposition has fired tear gas and pepper spray inside Parliament, while protesters outside threw stones and paint, in the latest eruption of a long-running protest against agreements made with Serbia.

Opposition MPs have been paralysing parliamentary sessions for weeks in a bid to thwart European Union-brokered agreements with Serbia, the country from which Kosovo broke away in 2008.

Prime Minister Isa Mustafa called their actions criminal.

Opposition MP Albin Kurti fired pepper spray towards ministers but was blocked by two rows of police.

The governing coalition finished discussing next year's Budget, without the presence of the opposition, in another room.

The protesters oppose plans to set up an association of Serb-run municipalities giving greater autonomy to Kosovo's Serb minority, saying it will deepen the ethnic divide and increase Serbia's influence.They also reject a border agreement with neighbouring Montenegro, which they say led to a loss of territory.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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