Kosovo Lawmakers Throw Tear Gas in Protest During Parliament Meeting
Things didn’t go according to plan for the Parliament of Kosovo today, for a group of lawmakers decided to unleash tear gas as a way to express opposition to a series of deals being discussed by the nation’s top officials.
The Kosovan government was examining two deals today: one granting more powers to Kosovo’s ethnic Serbians, and the other addressing negotiations with Montenegro to define the national borders. In their latest effort build pressure to renounce the negotiations, two tear gas canisters were opened by the opposition, which forced lawmakers out of the debating chamber.
The parliamentary session restarted in another room where the officials who set off the canisters were initially forbidden to enter. However, four opposition lawmakers eventually got in and suspended the debate yet again by setting off another canister.
The opposition has been trying to block these discussions from Kosovo’s parliament for months, having previously employed tear gas, pepper spray, water bottles and eggs to create disruptions. Pal Lekaj, a member of the Alliance for Kosovo’s Future, was reported by Yahoo News to have been arrested after today’s disturbance.
Three protestors were also reportedly arrested outside of parliament, when police dispersed about 150 opposition supporters throwing debris outside of the building.
Watch above, via Radio Free Europe.
[h/t Al Jazeera]
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