Body Found After Embassy Riot

Protesters upset over Kosovo set fire to US mission in Belgrade
By Erin Mendell,  Newser User
Posted Feb 21, 2008 5:25 PM CST
Body Found After Embassy Riot
Czech NATO soldiers in riot gear provide additional security as Serb protestors, not seen, face Kosovo police at the Merdare border crossing between Serbia and Kosovo, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. Hundreds of Serbian army reservists chanting "Kosovo is ours! Kosovo is Serbia!" hurled stones at police and...   (Associated Press)

Serb protesters angry about Kosovo independence set the US embassy in Belgrade on fire today, and at least one charred body has been found, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victim apparently is a protester because all US personnel have been accounted for. The fire, now under control, came after an estimated 150,000 marched through the city to protest Kosovo's declaration of independence Sunday.

"As long as we live, Kosovo is Serbia," Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica told cheering crowds. "Kosovo belongs to the Serbian people." Ultra-nationalist leader Tomislav Nikolic accused the US and EU of trying to steal Kosovo, which most Serbs consider their religious and cultural heartland. Earlier on the border, Serb army reservists attacked Kosovar police with stones and burned tires. (Read more Kosovar independence stories.)

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