Large anti-government protests organized by ethnic Albanian opposition parties erupted in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, in January 2015, more than a month after Kosovo lawmakers approved a new coalition government, which had ended a six month political stalemate after parliamentary elections were held the previous summer. Many Kosovars, especially the youth, are dissatisfied with the new government, and ethnic tensions flared again in the country in the wake of a minority Serb politician's denial of war crimes against ethnic Albanians.
A young ethnic Albanian boy wears a helmet at a protest to show solidarity for the Trepca mine in northern Kosovo, which became the focal point of the largest anti-government protests to take place in Kosovo since it gained independence in 2008. Pristina, Kosovo.
Protestors of all ages gathered in front of the National Library, located on the grounds of the University of Pristina, to demand the Kosovo government to remove the Serb politician and for Kosovo not to give up control of the Trepca mine. Pristina, Kosovo.
Protests continued in the capital after the Kosovo government refused to remove the Serb politician. The protest started peacefully in front of the government building until riot police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters from approaching the government building. Pristina, Kosovo.
Kosovo riot police get ready to react to protesters. Pristina, Kosovo.
Riot police line up along Mother Teresa Boulevard, a few dozen meters away from the government building. Pristina, Kosovo.
A protester takes part in clashes with police on Mother Teresa Boulevard in the center of the city. Pristina, Kosovo.
Riot police spread throughout Mother Teresa Boulevard to control the violent clashes with protesters. Pristina, Kosovo.
A man rests on the steps of the National Theater after he was injured in the face with pepper spray. Pristina, Kosovo.
Riot police with tear gas canister. Pristina, Kosovo.
Protesters carry an injured man to safety. Around 80 people were injured in the protest. Pristina, Kosovo.
A thick cloud of smoke from tear gas cloaks Mother Teresa Boulevard in the center of the city. Pristina, Kosovo.
Clashes between protesters and the police continued throughout the city. Riot police officers fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. Pristina, Kosovo.
Protesters and riot police clash in front of the Mother Teresa Cathedral, one of Pristina’s most famous landmarks. Pristina, Kosovo.
Riot police on George Bush Street. Pristina, Kosovo.
A riot police officer stands at the intersection of Mother Teresa Blvd and George Bush Street during the protest. Pristina, Kosovo.
– Kosovo riot police march by overturned dumpsters, which were lit on fire by protesters. As night fell, the streets became quiet. Pristina, Kosovo.
As night fell after a day of violent clashes between protesters and police, a sign that read “Kosovo with Trepca” still hung on a gate in front of the University of Pristina. More protests are planned for later this week. Pristina, Kosovo.
Anti-government protestors hold hands in front of police officers in riot gear during new rounds of protests organized by political opposition groups on April 18, 2015. Pristina, Kosovo.