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Reuters: NATO soldiers deploy around Kosovo town halls in standoff with Serb protesters 

LEPOSAVIC, Kosovo (Reuters) – NATO peacekeeping soldiers formed security cordons around three town halls in Kosovo on Monday to keep back Serbs protesting at ethnic Albanian mayors taking office in a Serb majority area after elections they boycotted. 

In Zvecan, one of the towns, Kosovo state police – staffed entirely by ethnic Albanians after all Serbs quit the force last year – sprayed pepper gas to repel a crowd of Serbs who broke through a security barricade and tried to force their way into the municipality building, witnesses said. 

In Leposavic, close to the border with Serbia, U.S. peacekeeping troops in anti-riot gear placed barbed wire around the municipality building to protect it from hundreds of angry Serbs gathering nearby.  

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WNU Editor: The clashes are getting intense (see video below).

 

Tensions Rise Between Serbs And Kosovo Authorities

 

25 NAT0-led peacekeepers injured in Kosovo in clashes with Serbs outside municipal building — AP
 

NATO-Led Force Moves To Disperse Crowds As Tensions Rise In Standoffs With Serbs In Northern Kosovo — RFE
 

25 NAT0-led peacekeepers injured in Kosovo in clashes with Serbs outside municipal building — San Diego Tribune
 

Kosovo: Fresh clashes as Nato troops called in to northern towns — BBC
 

Kosovo: NATO-led peacekeepers clash with Serb protesters — DW
 

NATO troops form security cordons in Kosovo as Serbs protest — Al Jazeera