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Kosovo opposition protest turns violent, 15 policemen, 1 civilian injured

  • A protester kicks off a tear gas canister during clashes with Kosovo police in front of the central police station in Kosovo capital Pristina after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician Albin Kurti on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The main opposition parties have been protesting government’s recent EU-sponsored deal with authorities in Serbia that give Kosovo’s Serb minority greater rights in areas where they live. Albin Kurti, who is a leader of the nationalist Vetvendosje movement, set off a teargas canister inside Kosovo’s Parliament in an attempt to halt the proceedings. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    A protester kicks off a tear gas canister during clashes with Kosovo police in front of the central police station in Kosovo capital Pristina after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician Albin Kurti on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The main opposition parties have been protesting government’s recent EU-sponsored deal with authorities in Serbia that give Kosovo’s Serb minority greater rights in areas where they live. Albin Kurti, who is a leader of the nationalist Vetvendosje movement, set off a teargas canister inside Kosovo’s Parliament in an attempt to halt the proceedings. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kosovo police officers in riot gear stand in a cloud of tear gas in Kosovo capital Pristina as clashes broke out after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician Albin Kurti on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The main opposition parties have been protesting government’s recent EU-sponsored deal with authorities in Serbia that give Kosovo’s Serb minority greater rights in areas where they live.  Albin Kurti, who is a leader of the nationalist Vetvendosje movement, set off a teargas canister inside Kosovo’s Parliament in an attempt to halt the proceedings. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Kosovo police officers in riot gear stand in a cloud of tear gas in Kosovo capital Pristina as clashes broke out after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician Albin Kurti on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The main opposition parties have been protesting government’s recent EU-sponsored deal with authorities in Serbia that give Kosovo’s Serb minority greater rights in areas where they live. Albin Kurti, who is a leader of the nationalist Vetvendosje movement, set off a teargas canister inside Kosovo’s Parliament in an attempt to halt the proceedings. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protester run from tear gas in Kosovo capital Pristina as clashes broke out after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician Albin Kurti on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The main opposition parties have been protesting government’s recent EU-sponsored deal with authorities in Serbia that give Kosovo’s Serb minority greater rights in areas where they live. Albin Kurti, who is a leader of the nationalist Vetvendosje movement, set off a teargas canister inside Kosovo’s Parliament in an attempt to halt the proceedings. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Protester run from tear gas in Kosovo capital Pristina as clashes broke out after the arrest of a prominent opposition politician Albin Kurti on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The main opposition parties have been protesting government’s recent EU-sponsored deal with authorities in Serbia that give Kosovo’s Serb minority greater rights in areas where they live. Albin Kurti, who is a leader of the nationalist Vetvendosje movement, set off a teargas canister inside Kosovo’s Parliament in an attempt to halt the proceedings. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

Kosovo police say 15 policemen and one civilian were injured during a violent protest by the opposition Self-Determination Party, after an opposition lawmaker was taken in for questioning.

Spokesman Baki Kelani says opposition leader Albin Kurti was taken to a police station Monday evening to be questioned on the use of tear gas to disrupt the parliament session last week. The opposition was protesting against the government's recent EU-sponsored deal with Serbia giving the Kosovo's Serb-majority areas greater powers.

Kurti, a member of parliament, was released after midnight while nine protesters have been arrested, Kelani said Tuesday.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Serbia has refused to recognize it.