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Kosovo Police Clash With Protesters Near Serbia Border


Police and protesters clash at the Merdare border crossing

Police and protesters clash at the Merdare border crossing

Police in Kosovo have made more than 140 arrests after clashing with protesters who tried to stop traffic from Serbia entering the territory.

Around 50 people -- most of them police officers -- were injured.

The Kosovar Albanian protesters were trying to block two border crossings. They were protesting over what they say is Serbian obstruction of Kosovo's independence since its secession in 2008.

Watch demonstrators clash with police. (Video by RFE/RL's Balkan Service)


In the town of Podujevo, near the Merdare border crossing, riot police used tear gas and water cannon on a crowd of some 500 people who were blocking the road.

Some demonstrators responded by throwing rocks. Dozens of people were reportedly detained.

compiled from agency reports

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