Kosovo Police Arrests 18 for Mitrovica Clashes

World | June 30, 2014, Monday // 14:47|  views

Kosovo Police officers stand guard next to a new barricade named `Peace Park` on the main bridge of the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, Kosovo, 18 June 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Eighteen people have been arrested for the clashes in Kosovo’s divided Mitrovica region on June 22.

They will be charged with hooliganism, attacking officials, theft, and illegal possession of weapons, BalkanInsight reported.

Violence erupted on June 22, when Kosovo Albanians protested against a bridge barricade set up by the ethnic Serb community. Over 20 people were injured, including several police officers. Cars were damaged and set on fire.

The bridge separates the predominantly Albanian South Mitrovica municipality, and the majority Serb North Mitrovica.

Local authorities will discuss on Monday the incident and what measures to take for ensuring peace in the region.

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Tags: kosovo, MITROVICA, Albanians, Serb


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