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Kosovo protesters clash with police over MP's arrest

  • 13 October 2015
  • From the section Europe
Petrol bomb is thrown at police officers in Kosovo capital Pristina as clashes broke out after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician Albin Kurti on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Image copyright AP
Image caption Protesters are angry about the arrest of opposition MP Albin Kurti

Demonstrators in Kosovo's capital Pristina have thrown petrol bombs and stones at police in a protest over the arrest of an opposition MP.

Albin Kurti was held by police after setting off tear gas in parliament last week over a deal between Kosovo and Serbia. He was later released.

About 200 protesters chanted Mr Kurti's name as they threw missiles at the ranks of police officers.

Police fired tear gas and advanced in an attempt to push the protesters back.

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Image caption Riot police lined up across the street before advancing
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Image caption Tear gas canisters fired by police were kicked back by protesters

Mr Kurti was questioned by police and released later on Monday.

"We will not give up. Let's stay united," he was quoted as saying to his supporters by the AFP news agency.

His stunt in parliament was part of a protest by opposition MPs against the deal with Serbia.

The EU-brokered agreement grants more powers to the mainly Serb areas of Kosovo. Opposition MPs say it will deepen the ethnic divide and increase Serbia's power in the country.

Media captionOpposition MPs threw tear gas, causing a commotion in the chamber

As well as releasing tear gas, opponents of the deal have blown whistles and thrown eggs to disrupt recent parliamentary sessions.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanians broke away from Serbia in an armed revolt in 1999, and then unilaterally declared independence in 2008.

Belgrade rejected the move and still considers the breakaway territory as its southern province.

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