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Near the village of Rudar in northern Kosovo, Serbs staged a large-scale protest.

The parade was attended by hundreds of people. Serbia They carried flags, chanted anti-Kosovo government slogans and carried banners reading “Korti is our ancestral home, not Kosovo’s dowry”, “Doctors are not guilty”, “I don’t want to be silenced in front of terrorism from Korti”, “Korti threatens us with death, Europe is silent”.

“There could be casualties if Kosovo decides to remove the barriers,” Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti told the Guardian. Protest Organized by the Serbian List’s

In his speech at the protest, the son of former Serbian police officer Dejan Pantek said that his father was arrested simply because he was a Serb and that the barricades were set up due to escalating abuses against the Serb people.

On the other hand, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, in a post on his social media account, gave a message that his country always stands by the Kosovo Serbs.

Vucic shared, “The Serbs don’t want much. They demand the rights that everyone but Serbs have.” Use the phrase.

Kosovo In a statement issued this morning, the police called on citizens to organize the demonstration peacefully without provocation.

The protest ended, as NATO’s Kosovo Peace Force (KFOR) and the European Union’s Rule of Law Mission (EOLEX) took extensive security measures, without incident after the speeches.

Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia

Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia escalate after the arrest of former Serbian police officer Dejan Pantec.

In response to Bantik’s detention, Kosovo Serbs have been manning the barricades they have set up at the Yarenje and Brinjak border crossings since 10 December.

The European Union, NATO and the United States of America called for de-escalation and the removal of roadblocks in northern Kosovo. Serbia had asked the Kosovo Force to deploy the Serbian army and police in northern Kosovo.

Serbia considers Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence in 2008, to be its territory.

Serbia and Kosovo, which clash periodically, are trying to find a common way to normalize relations, and eventually the two countries get to know each other, within the scope of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue process that began in 2011 with the mediation of the European Union.

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