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Tensions in the North of Kosovo, the protest in Zubin Potok ends

Tensions in the North of Kosovo, the protest in Zubin Potok ends

The Radio Free Europe team in Zubin Potok has confirmed that the protest of the local Serbs, who gathered in front of the municipality building since the early hours of the morning, has ended in this municipality.

Meanwhile, the protests are continuing in Leposaviq and Zveçan, although in the latter the protesters have left the road due to the rain.

Protests in these municipalities in the north of Kosovo - an area inhabited by a majority of Serbs - began on May 26, when groups of local Serbs gathered in front of municipal buildings to protest against the entry of the new Albanian mayors of Zveçan, Zubin Potok and Leposaviq. .

Elections in the four municipalities in the north, inhabited by a majority of Serbs, were held on April 23 after the resignation of the mayors from the ranks of Lista Serbe - the largest party of Kosovo Serbs - in November last year.

The elections were boycotted by the majority Serbian population in that area, which now does not accept the new mayors.

The most tense situation during these days was reported in Zveçan, where 30 KFOR soldiers were injured on May 29 after clashes with protesters.

The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, has defended the actions of the Kosovo Police, which helped install new Albanian mayors in municipalities with a Serbian majority in the north of Kosovo, despite the resistance of local residents.

However, the United States and its allies have said that the use of force undermines efforts to normalize Kosovo-Serbia relations and have called for calming the situation./rel/

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