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War crime arrests in Kosovo prompt mass protests

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Crowds of ethnic Albanians have taken to the streets of Pristina.

They are angry that the EU law mission, known as EULEX, has arrested five former KLA members on suspicion of war crimes during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

Local media has identified the suspects, who include a sitting mayor and Kosovo’s ambassador to Albania.

“We are in favour of living together (with the Serbs) in a multiethnic society”, said one protestor. “But, we also want justice. We love our freedom fighters and we want to show that we respect them because they brought us freedom. It is thanks to these people who are now being arrested that Serbs and everyone else can move freely in Kosovo, without fear.”

The men are suspected of running a detention centre in Kosovo where civilian captives were beaten and at least one killed.

The majority were Serbs, Roma and fellow ethnic Albanians.