Tensions in the north / Kurti: Criminal groups will not be tolerated. Serbian Prime Minister: NATO to curb Kurti
The situation in northern Kosovo is tense again. The cause is an anti-smuggling operation that the Kosovo Police has undertaken. Serb citizens living in northern Kosovo have opposed the operation and stoned police officers. The latter dispersed the crowd with tear gas.
After this situation, Albin Kurti made a statement where he said:
“Police action against the crime of smuggling in Prishtina, Peja and in the north and south of Mitrovica
Early this morning, the Kosovo Police, in order to combat smuggling, launched raid operations in several different locations in Pristina, Peja and Mitrovica (both south and north).
These police actions are preceded by intensive investigations and are ordered and coordinated with the competent prosecutions and courts. Other goods and evidence were seized, which also present material evidence.
Crime and criminal groups will not be tolerated and will be fought. We will fight and prevent smuggling.
Today's police action is over. "I call on the citizens in the northern municipality of Mitrovica not to fall prey to some media in Serbia that protect crime, corruption and smuggling and want to politicize and ethnicize it."
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic responded publicly by addressing NATO.
"I call on the international community, NATO, KFOR to react urgently and restrain Albin Kurti. The situation is more than dramatic and this is the moment that a reaction is needed to stop the crazy police. "This behavior has exceeded all measures and brought us to the brink of chaos," Brnabic said.