Protesters beseige a police station in Kosovo after the arrest of a prominent opposition lawmaker who was later freed. Paul Chapman reports.
The central police station in Kosovo's capital was the target of several hundred protesters enraged by the arrest of a prominent opposition lawmaker. They were heeding the call of the opposition Self-Determination Party of which Albin Kurti was a founder. Kurti was arrested the previous week when he set off a tear gas cannister in parliament. It was part of a long-running campaign against a European-brokered deal to give more local powers to Kosovo's ethnic Serb minority. Kurti, who no longer formally leads his party, says it represents a threat to Kosovo's hard-won sovereignty. He was later released. Kosovo declared independence in 2008 with Western backing almost a decade after NATO launched air strikes to stop the killing and expulsion of ethnic Albanians by Serb forces. All but a tenth of Kosovo's population of 1.8 million is Albanian.