Skip to comments.Tear gas at the barricades: NATO sprays Serb protests (video)
Posted on 10/20/2011 9:34:02 AM PDT by Ravnagora
NATO peacekeepers have used tear gas against Serb protesters in northern Kosovo. They dispersed the crowd in order to start dismantling barricades erected in a protest against deployment of customs checkpoints on the border.
The tension has already spilled into violence in Kosovo, reports RTs Maria Finoshina. One Serb was gunned down and two wounded near the city of Pec in the west of the province. The shooting was done by their Albanian neighbor, she says.
Meanwhile some 300 Serbs tried to prevent the Kosovo peacekeeping force (KFOR) from tearing down the barricades in Kosovos north, but the soldiers were armed with anti-riot equipment to cordon off the barricaded area.
KFOR used loudspeakers to try to convince the Serb to go home, but it failed to help. There was a lot of shouting from both parties, but otherwise the conflict was not violent.
NATO soldiers fired tear gas grenades at the protesters and managed to disperse them, says AFP. RT's Maria Finoshina says it was more likely pepper spray than tear has. She adds KFOR is erecting a barbed wire fence to isolate Serbs from the barricade and threatens to use force against them.
At least 100 armed transport vehicles are involved in the operation, which is aimed at removing the 16 barricades on the border. KFOR is also using a number of drones, which are circling over the area of the conflict. The actual dismantling of the barricades has not started yet and Serbs are watching KFOR actions closely. The tension remains high.
NATO action follows a week of tense negotiations with the protesters, which failed to produce a peaceful solution.
Serbs living in northern Kosovo had blocked two cross-border roads into Belgrade-controlled Serbian territory in July. The move was in a protest by Pristinas plan to take over checkpoints at the crossings.
This was meant to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia, which was part of a trade dispute with Belgrade. Officials in Pristina said ethnic Serbian customs officers had sabotaged the ban and planned to replace them with ethnic Albanians.
Northern Kosovo is home to some 40,000 Serbs, who constitute a majority in several towns in the area. They do not recognize the Albanian government in Pristina. Many of them complain of persecution by Albanians.
John Laughland from the Paris-based Institute for Democracy and Co-operation blames KFOR for igniting the border tension.
Whats happening today in northern Kosovo is the direct result of this ridiculous idea that Kosovo can be an independent state. KFOR and EULEX, the European Union authorities, which now run Kosovo illegally, by the way, because only the UN has authority in Kosovo are determined to push this policy through to its logical conclusion. Im afraid its a very bad sign for those Serbs who are hanging on to the north of the province, he told RT.
NATO forces = US forces????
Our tax dollars at work.
Dismantle all of NATO, KFOR and the entire Albanian mafia criminal control.
I read elsewhere that German troops are involved.
Just like back in the good old days of Jasenovac.
What Nazi Germany couldn't succeed in doing to Serbia during WWII, we helped them do in 1999. Makes me sick to my stomach.
America has been on the wrong side of this whole thing from 1991 onwards when Yugoslavia began to implode.
That, for me, is the greatest tragedy of all.
America should have begun on the side of the Serbs and stayed on the side of the Serbs throughout.
Her error in judgment (or more cynically, her choice of agenda) has, is, and will continue to come back to haunt her, unfortunately.
Fom the day that the Berlin Wall fell, NATO -- which had served a useful defensive purpose during the Cold War -- morphed into something evil that supports a globalist agenda by backing the very Islamism it pretends to fight.
IMHO, it's time to bring our foreign policy back home to support and protect America -- withdraw from NATO & the UN and hold Congress accountable where we have a voice. Outsourcing our foreign policy to global entities has desecrated the very values we as a country are supposed to represent -- Kosovo and Bosnia are the first examples of this. We kill and undermine Christians, steal their land, for reasons that do us no good and much harm.
If America supported American values, they wouldn't need to support Serbia -- because both America and Serbia would be striving for the same ideals and would automatically be allies.
Old Serbia man holds a candle of Faith before the NATO soldiers. So they put their gas masks on and pepper-sprayed him.
God Bless the Serbian man with the candle...
This is truly shameful.