Hundreds of demonstrators from the Serb minority tried to enter the town halls of three towns in the north of the country on Monday, May 29. Police and soldiers from KFOR, the NATO force deployed since the 1999 war, intervened. The clashes were violent. Thirty international soldiers, including Hungarians and Italians, and around fifty demonstrators were injured.
These clashes were triggered by the taking office of three mayors elected in controversial elections on 23 April. Only 1,500 registered voters out of 45,000 turned out to vote. Western powers called for de-escalation. ” There is already too much violence in Europe today. We can’t afford another conflict “, declared Josep Borrell, the head of European diplomacy.