“Kosovo Serbs set up a roadblock in northern Kosovo and their representatives walked out of Kosovo’s government Tuesday a day after the arrest and expulsion of a senior Serbian government official that has refueled tensions between the Balkan foes.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was making an urgent trip to Belgrade for talks with Serbia’s president in a bid to prevent a full-blown crisis from erupting. Mogherini earlier had called for restraint from both sides.
The developments came a day after Marko Djuric, the head of the Serbian government office for Kosovo, was briefly detained in the divided town of Mitrovica because he entered the country without Kosovo’s official approval. Kosovo police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse Serb protesters in Mitrovica on Monday.
Djuric said he was beaten while in detention and that his arrest was aimed at humiliating Serbs in Kosovo and as a rehearsal for a possible attempt by Kosovo police to take over northern Kosovo.
‘By dragging me on the ground like a dog, pulling me by my tie, they wanted to humiliate me thinking they can humiliate the Serbian people,’ Djuric told a news conference Tuesday.” (Stars & Stripes)