Tensions in the north of Kosovo – groups of Serbian citizens clash with the police

Groups of Serbian citizens clashed Friday with Kosovo police who said they were helping the new mayors of three Serb-majority municipalities in the north of the country to enter their offices.

The mayors of Zveçan, Zubin Potok and Leposaviq, who emerged from the elections of April 23 of this year, were sworn in the day before in schools and other public buildings in these municipalities, for security reasons.

“According to their official duty, today the Kosovo Police is assisting the mayors of the northern municipalities of Zveçan, Leposaviq and Zubin Potok to exercise their right to work, in the official facilities of the respective municipalities,” the police announcement states.

At the entrance to the municipality of Zveçan there was also tear gas and an explosion of bullets.

A month ago, the Kosovo authorities organized the elections for mayors of four municipalities inhabited by Serbian majority in the north, despite the refusal of Serbian political entities to participate in the process without the establishment of the Association of Serbian-majority municipalities.

Political representatives of Kosovo Serbs and officials in Belgrade oppose the result of this election process.

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