PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s opposition on Wednesday used tear gas several times to disrupt a parliamentary vote on a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.
Lawmakers had to be evacuated from the Assembly building after the Self-Determination Movement party used tear gas in the hall where the vote was due to start. The opposition used tear gas a second time when the session resumed.
Speaker Kadri Veseli said five opposition lawmakers involved in setting off the tear gas were barred from taking part in the session when it restarts, while two from the governing coalition were injured by the tear gas. “Today the trauma of the Montenegro border demarcation will end. The vote will be held today,” he said.
But the session failed to resume for a third time with tear gas thrown again in the chamber by the opposition. It wasn’t immediately clear when the session would start again.
Police said they were investigating how the tear gas got into the hall, adding that officers couldn’t enter the chamber unless asked by the parliament’s leadership.
Later, police went into parliament and forced out a small group of opposition lawmakers, who had refused to leave since the morning. Police led them away, apparently for questioning.