A protester throws rocks at police officers during clashes in the rectorate's courtyard at the University of Pristina. Photo by Reuters
About 30 police officers were injured in the Kosovo capital
Pristina on Friday in clashes with students protesting over
suspicions of fraud in the state university, police said.
A police spokeswoman, Florije Ahmeti, said the clashes began
when protesters started throwing rocks and red paint at
police, who then fired teargas at the students.
One policeman suffered head injury and several others were
reported to have their legs or arms broken, she said, adding
that more than 30 students were arrested.
Students have been protesting for weeks after reports in the
Kosovo media accused professors at the university of
publishing works in fake online journals in order to get
In a statement, the governing body of the university asked
the protesting students to give them time to do its job "and
undertake measures against all those who are responsible for
The Kosovo parliament failed to pass a vote demanding that
the head of the university resign, with coalition government
political parties opposing the move.
The economic backdrop to the student protests is very
widespread unemployment, estimated to be between 35 and 45
percent. About 30,000 people enter the job market every year
but only a few of them find work. Kosovo remains one of the
poorest countries in Europe six years after declaring
independence from Serbia.