“The Mayor of North Mitrovica, Goran Rakic, handed in his resignation today and the Assembly deputies signed a declaration on the termination of communication, cooperation, all business and institutional relations with the institutions in Pristina at an extraordinary municipal session held in North Mitrovica. The mayors and assembly deputies of the remaining three Serb-majority municipalities in the north made the same decision. Court employees sent a letter to the President of the Basic Court in Mitrovica asking him to reconsider, with the help of Serbian institutions, their future participation in judicial institutions in the Kosovo system. A peaceful protest was held after the session.” (KosSev)

“Several thousand Kosovo Serbs protested in northern Kosovo on Tuesday against Pristina’s massive customs tariff on Serbian goods, a retaliatory measure announced last week that has spiked tensions and curtailed trade between the neighbours.

The crowd gathered in the northern Serb-half of the divided city of Mitrovica with Serbian flags and signs saying ‘Help us’ and ‘Stop the violence of Pristina.’

‘Everything is being done to drive us out,’ Slavka Djuric, a 65-year-old protester, told AFP.

The mayors of four majority-Serb municipalities in Kosovo — North Mitrovica, Zvecan, Leposavic and Zubin Potok — also resigned in protest at the tariff.” (France 24)