Serbs erect barricades, Belgrade wants to send its police – RT in French

The tension continues to grow in the Serbian province, after the arrest of a man accused by the authorities of Pristina of having injured an Albanian policeman. Faced with the stagnation, President Vucic announced his intention to send 1,000 men.

Hundreds of Kosovo Serbs erected barricades on a road in the north of the province on December 10, blocking traffic at two important crossing points with the rest of Serbian territory, police loyal to Pristina said.

Trucks, ambulances and agricultural machinery have been set up to block traffic, in a context of tensions marked in recent days by explosions and shootings. An Albanian policeman was slightly injured on 8 December.

According to local media, Serb protesters are outraged by the arrest of a former policeman of Serbian ethnicity suspected of involvement in attacks on Albanian police.

A former Serbian policeman arrested

Emergency sirens sounded in several Serb-majority towns in northern Kosovo to kick off the organized movement on December 10, according to an AFP journalist. Demonstrators told the news agency that they wanted to prevent “the transfer to Pristina” of the arrested former policeman.

Xhelal Svecla, minister of the self-proclaimed government of Pristina, said the arrested ex-policeman was one of two suspects apprehended after the attacks on police patrols over the past two days.

The latest tensions erupted after the decision of the self-proclaimed authorities of Kosovo to organize from December 18, in the municipalities still with a Serb majority, local elections that the main Serbian political parties have announced that they want to boycott.

Explosions and gunfire were heard on December 8 as election officials visited two municipalities in the north of the province to prepare for the polls, but no injuries were reported.

Vucic intends to send 1,000 troops to Kosovo

Shortly after the barricades were erected, Vjosa Osmani, who claims to be Kosovo’s president, announced that she had decided to postpone the local elections to April 23. On December 7, the representative of the United States in Kosovo, Jeff Hovenier, had estimated that the conditions were not together for the holding of elections.

The attack in which the policeman was injured on December 8 took place after the deployment in the north of the province of Albanian policemen. According to Pristina, this deployment was decided after the collective resignation of Serbs working in public institutions, including the police. Serbian members of the security forces and civil servants had resigned in protest against the decision of the Kosovo authorities to replace the number plates issued by Belgrade with those issued by Pristina.

On December 10, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that he would send to KFOR, the Kosovo Force set up by NATO, a request for the deployment of 1,000 police and soldiers, under resolution 1244 of the UN Security Council.

Belgrade lost control of Kosovo in 1999, having been deprived of the right to deploy its army there by the Kumanovo agreement signed on June 9 with NATO following an intense bombing campaign by the Atlantic Alliance on Serbia . In 2008, Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. It is recognized by the United States and most Western countries, but not by Serbia, Russia, China, India or even Spain.

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