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NATO in Kosovo moves to dismantle Serb barricade

November 23, 2011
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RUDARE, Kosovo—NATO troops in Kosovo fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of Serbs resisting the dismantling of a concrete barricade put up to block Kosovo authorities from controlling the Serb-dominated area.

An AP reporter witnessed NATO soldiers in riot gear attempting to remove a concrete barrier late Wednesday and stretching barbed wire on the road. Tear gas was fired after several hundred Serb protesters removed the barbed wire. NATO did not immediately comment.

Serbs in Kosovo's north have been blocking roads since summer angered by Kosovo authorities' attempt to send ethnic Albanian customs and police officers into the Serb area.

Many Serbs that live there reject the country's 2008 secession from Serbia and say NATO is supports Kosovo institutions.

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