Kosovo police scuffle with anti-Serbia protesters

Associated Press
Kosovo police splashed with paint clash with hardline opposition members protesting a deal with Serbia in capital Pristina, Kosovo, Thursday, June 27, 2013. Kosovo lawmakers voted in favor of an agreement to normalize relations with Serbia.( AP Photo / Visar Kryeziu )

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PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police used pepper spray and batons to disperse a crowd of several hundred hardline opposition supporters who tried to stop lawmakers from holding a vote in support of a deal with Serbia.

Dozens were detained by police in riot gear on Thursday outside Kosovo's government and Parliament.

Lawmakers voted 84-3 in favor of the agreement to normalize relations. Members of Self-Determination, an opposition political grouping that opposes talks with Serbia unfolded banners suggesting the deal gives Kosovo territory to Serbia.

Security intervened and removed several opposition members who scuffled with the speaker of the Parliament in an attempt to prevent the deal being put to vote.

The agreement does not resolve the dispute over Kosovo's 2008 secession from Serbia. Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's statehood.

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