Sparked by last week's murder of a police officer, some 3,000 protesters gathered in Pristina on Tuesday to protest rampant crime in the southern Serbian province.
"The murder of the police officer was an attack by the organized crime groups," Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku said at the protest, in reference to last Thursday's murder of elite Kosovo police unit officer Triumf Riza.
The United Nation's Kosovo mission (UNMIK) gave its support to the protest as well, calling the murder of Riza "a heinous crime and a terrible tragedy."
"The outpouring of support for his family is a sign that the people of Kosovo do not accept crime and violence. His death has united Kosovo's people against crime like no other event that I have witnessed here," UN administrator in Kosovo Joakim Ruecker said.
Though eight people have been arrested in the case and one has admitted to killing Riza, according to local media, the main suspect remains local crime boss Enver Sekiraqa, though no warrants have been issued for his arrest.
Kosovo's undefined status and resulting state of political limbo has turned the province into a hotbed for organized crime, including widespread drug smuggling and human trafficking activity.
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