Mitrovica – a symbol of Kosovo’s ethnic divisions -has often been the focus of clashes between Albanians and Serbs.
Some Serbs who have stayed on watched in gloomy silence as the World Court delivered its verdict upholding the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence.
Many of them believe the ruling will serve to further marginalise them and lead to increasing instability in the region.
Tihomir Markovic said: “This is a shameful decision by the court of The Hague. Justice is on our side. God is on our side. After this it will be hard for us Serbs in Kosovo.”
Gojko Igrutinovic said: “One more scandalous verdict by the court in The Hague. As far as we Serbs are concerned nothing is going to change.”
As dusk fell, angry Kosovar Serbs gathered in Mitrovica’s main square waving flags and holding banners denouncing the international community.
Security forces are braced for a night of unrest.
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