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Over 20 injured in Kosovo vine grower protest


September 20, 2010
By The Canadian Press

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September
17, 2010 – Police say they used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse dozens of
vine-growers protesting local winemakers’ refusal to stock their grapes in
western Kosovo.

September
17, 2010 – Police say they used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse dozens of
vine-growers protesting local winemakers’ refusal to stock their grapes in
western Kosovo.

More
than 20 people, including a policeman, were reportedly injured after protesters
broke through the gates of a winemaker and started hurling stones

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Vine-growers
store their grapes at local winemakers, but a sharp drop in sales prompted
privately owned wineries to turn back harvested grapes.

The
incident highlights Kosovo’s economic woes, with its 45 per cent unemployment
rate.