Clashes calm down in Kosovo after agreement with Serbia is ratified
Beside clashes and protest, today in Kosovo's parliament with 84 votes for, 3 against and 1 abstention, the agreement to normalize relations with Serbia has been ratified.
Around 100 protesters arrested and 20 police officers injured, is the balance of the today’s protest which was called from 'Self-Determination' movement to oppose ratification of the normalization of relations with Serbia
In the early hours of the morning citizens from all the cities of Kosovo responded to the call of 'Self-Determination' movement to oppose ratification of the agreement with Serbia, an agreement which, according to the leaders of 'Self-Determination' violates the blood of martyrs and all national interests of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state.
Divided into 3 groups of protesters blocked the entrances to the assembly and simultaneously cheering 'agreement Down', 'We want Hashim Thaci in prison' expressing their resentment during the session which was held in the assembly.
Also has been reported that a group of ‘Self-Determination’ activists have prevented some deputies to enter the assembly hall where the session was being held today.
The start of the session did not resulted as it was expected because on the hall only 20 MPs were present which brought severe reaction Krasniqi speaker who said that this lack of deputies is not supposed to happen as they have already been informed in advance that the hearing will be held today.
This lack of deputies forced the head of the parliamentary group, Adem Grabovci to require pause for 30 minutes due to lack of quorum necessary for the ratification of the agreement.
After the break in the session MPs gather necessary for the ratification vote but had to wait again after Albin Kurti with other members held a placard on which was written 'Kosovo is Hashim’s' and also prevented parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi grabbing the microphone while he called for MPs to become ready to vote.
But neither breaks which by members present were asked to lack of working conditions as for the entire ‘Self-Determination’ were carrying slogans against the agreement and occupied countries were forcibly deputies, did not bring anything new. It was not the insurance intervention of the assembly members to leave the self-determination which is occupied countries and disable the hearing is to take place normally.
Finally after police intervention happened ratification of the agreement on normalization of relations with Serbia, an agreement was passed with 84 votes for, 3 against and 1 abstention.
After the ratification of agreement, protesters released roads that were being blocket before. They distributed smooth but with warning that this protest was held today will not be the last act against the agreement which as said they did not bring any good damage already Kosovo large which has always taken as 'gift' from the dialogue with Serbia.
There also reacted U.S. Embassy in Kosovo which has condemned the behavior of protesters who have prevented the U.S. Ambassador Tracy Jackobson to enter parliament as was the special guest, who then stated that the behavior of self-determination does not give any Kosovo already a good shade of black. "As we have noted with all leaders, especially those of self-determination, while the United States respect the rights of citizens to freedom of expression, also condemns the use of violent tactics in undermining the democratic process. Freedom of expression does not mean the restriction of freedom of movement for others, "said Jackobson.
So ‘Self-Determination’ really kept its promise that it will use all necessary forms to stop the ratification of this Agreement by mutual pressure. On the one hand its members in and turn out the strained protesters rally which at first seemed peaceful, that these acts were condemned by opposition parties which stated that gestures like these do not help at all Kosovo and that's gotten further weaken its image as a country with European aspirations.