|Scores of anti-Serb protestors clashed with police Thursday May 12, 2011, during a landmark visit of a top Serbian official to Pristina to speak with Kosovo authorities. Nine protesters from the opposition Self-Determination party were injured when the police used force to disperse the crowd, the party said. Demonstrators threw stones and damaged several police and government cars. They were finally dispersed when the riot police used tear gas. (Corbis Images File Photo/Vedat Xhymshiti)|
The “Vetëvendosje” caucus leader Visar Ymeri said that non-implementation by the Government of the Kosovo’s parliament compulsory decision is unconstitutional.
Political leaders from the opposition called on citizens to join the action dubbed “in defense of the Republic, for local products”, which will take place on Saturday. The bloc vowed their agitation will last as long as the government does not take any further step of the reciprocity with its neighbor Serbia.
Local producers called for blockade Visar Ymeri, Vetëvendosje parliamentary group chief, told reporters that local producers in Kosovo initiated the blockade against Serbia, organized by Kosovo’s main opposition party.
Ymeri said local producers requested blockades so that they can compete with products coming from Serbia. “Local producers have been insisting on measures that would bring them to an equal footing with products coming from Serbia,” Ymeri said.
He also added that the Government of Kosovo should resign as it has failed to implement the Assembly’s decision on reciprocity measures with Serbia.
Glauk Konjufca, an opposition deputy, said they would not withdraw until the decision of the Assembly of Kosovo for reciprocity measures with Serbia is implemented.
Speaking in Kosovo’s capital Pristina, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci condemned Kurti’s call as “unacceptable”.
“Kosovo’s future lies in integration not barricades. The announced action for violent acts against the legal institutions of Kosovo is unacceptable,” Thaci said after a cabinet meeting in Pristina.
Kosovo Police has prepared an operational plan to prevent blocking of the border points in Merdare and Dheu i Bardhë, as well as motorways that lead to these two border points. The operational plan came after the warnings of Vetëvendosje party to block these border points, in order to implement the motion of K
osovo Assembly for reciprocity measures towards Serbia’s goods.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has issued a press release requesting citizens of the Republic of Kosovo not to support, what they say, “illegal forms of expressing dissatisfaction.”
UNREST TO BE QUELLED
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The Kosovo Prime Minister called on people not to respond to opposition calls to block two main borders with Serbia, saying they will not be tolerated. PM Thaci said he never used ‘violence’ against an announced protest, while the opinion is recalling that the Serbs have locked northern Kosovo’s borders since 25 July last year.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Thaci said: “Real patriots respect the country’s constitution and do not act like Serbs in northern Kosovo, who are blocking borders and highways. For all of us the motive to build Kosovo should be European values, their model and vision, not the Serbian model,” he said.
But the Prime Minister has said opposition’s attempts to achieve its political goals through violence cannot be tolerated and would be prevented at all costs.
Kurti, a die-hard opponent of any negotiations with Serbia, has called for a unification of Kosovo and Albania.
Analysts suggest it is the same silence that was witnessed during last year’s developments when anti-Pristina authorities agitated in northern Kosovo, while Serbs continue the roadblocks of main roads to stop the country’s ethnic Albanian leadership from extending their control over northern parts of Kosovo.
Ethnic Albanian government in Pristina insists it will take over control of northern Kosovo but has failed to take concrete steps since last July 2011.
Critics say the US ambassador has been characterized by the usual reaction of what ever social political developments occurred in Kosovo, even though at times the American Ambassador Dell encouraged Kosovar citizens to stay at home instead of joining any kind of peaceful protests organized by anyone in Kosovo.
Kosovo president Atifete Jahjaga and western ambassadors to Pristina also condemned Vetevendosje plan on border blockade. On the other hand, Kosovo minority Serbs have been blocking roads in northern Kosovo for over six months in protest against placing of Kosovo police and customs at border crossings.
t to take power in his hands,” he said.
Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti has said dozens of buses of his supporters from Albania would join the protest. But Thaci said he would not allow the repetition of events in Tirana last year when four people were killed in opposition protests.
More than 80 countries, including the United States and 22 of the EU’s 27 members, have recognized the state, the last to emerge from the remains of old federal Yugoslavia. But Serbia’s ally Russia has blocked a resolution on independence in the United Nations Security Council.