Readers of this blog will know that I am not a fan of Albin Kurti. But that doesn't mean that I agree with how his arrest went along. Both HRW And Amnesty have now protested and asked for investigations and I think they have reason. The arrest of Kurti reminds me of the evacuation of the court house in Northern Mitrovica begin 2008.
Both then and now the Kosovo government seems to see a police action as an opportunity to show who has the power and to humiliate its opponents. But this is not what the police is for. Police actions should be minimalistic. If someone has to be arrested, arrest him on a place and time when the trouble will be minimal. If some building has to be evacuated do it in a way that a minimum of violence will be enough.
Instead Kurti was arrested hours after he had announced a new policial party. And he was arrested at the headquarters of his movement so that many people were present who - as could be expected - protested.
I consider Kurti an ethnically intolerant person of the same type as Wilders, Le Pen and the English National Front. But I think that in his role as opponent of the international presence in Kosovo is a useful one. Internationals do have the tendency to overstay their welcome and to overlook their own faults and someone has to protest against that. In other international protectorats like East Timor you saw similar protests. Bosnia seems different but that is only because the international presence has become part of the ethnic struggle.