Tear gas released for second time in Kosovo's parliament

Opposition legislator releases tear gas in Kosovo's parliament for second time in order to protest government's recent EU-sponsored deal with Serbia

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Tear gas has been released for a second time in Kosovo's parliament on Thursday, in order to prevent a parliament session over the establishment of a Serbian district.

Last week, Kosovo opposition protested government's recent EU-sponsored deal with Serbia during a parliament session by setting off tear gas and whistling.  Opposition claimed that the deal is giving the country's Serb-majority areas greater powers.

It was reported that no one was injured but the session was halted. Police have not identified the person who released the gas bomb.

The opposition is against the formation of ‘Serbian Municipalities Union’ and wants the agreement allowing Serbs to establish municipal unions to be cancelled.

The group of opposition parties stated that they would continue to prevent the action of the parliament until the agreement with Serbia and the separation of border with Montenegro is abrogated.

Donika Kada Bujupi of the opposition party, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) said after the tear gas incident, "There will be normality in this country until these two agreements are cancelled."

Upon the incident, MPs left the assembly.

On Monday, police clashed with protesters over the arrest of opposition party leader Albin Kurti, who had released tear gas at the parliament before his detention, he was released a few hours after his detainment.

Opposition MPs threw eggs at Prime Minister Isa Mustafa on September 22, as he advocated the deal with Serbia.

In August, Serbia and Kosovo came to an agreement over forming Serb-majority areas. Upon the deal, Kosovo's opposition parties strictly condemned the decision.

Kosovo which was a former Serbian district has a population of almost 1.8 million people and had declared its independence in 2008. Although Kosovo is recognised by more than 100 countries, such as the US, UK, France, Germany and Turkey. Serbia, Russia and China have not recognized the country’s independence.

TRTWorld and agencies