Kosovo opposition MP arrested over parliament violence

Published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Kosovo police have used tear gas to disperse opposition supporters protesting against the arrest of a politician who took part in violence inside parliament trying to force the government to renounce recent deals with Serbia and Montenegro.

Donika Kadaj-Bujupi was arrested and arrest warrants were issued for three of her colleagues in the opposition group that has disrupted parliament over the past two months with tear gas and pepper spray, whistles and water bottles.

They want the government to withdraw from a deal with Serbia giving more powers to ethnic-Serb communities and from one with Montenegro on border demarcation.

Scores of opposition supporters gathered in front of the government headquarters in central Pristina, throwing stones and paint against the building. Police responded with tear gas.

Officers also searched the houses of two other politicians who were not there.

The opposition has said no more parliament sessions will be allowed unless the deals are renounced. The government accuses them of trying to come to power by force.

Kosovo in 2008 declared independence from Serbia, but that is not recognised by Belgrade. The two sides are holding EU-led talks to overcome their differences.

Published: Wednesday 18th November 2015 by The News Editor

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