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Kosovan Serbs Leave State Jobs in Protest Over Car Plates Issue

A resident walks past Serbian national flags displayed on a post in the town near Mitrovica, Kosovo, on Sept. 19.

A resident walks past Serbian national flags displayed on a post in the town near Mitrovica, Kosovo, on Sept. 19.

Photographer: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Serbs in northern Kosovo said they’re quitting jobs at state institutions such as police and judiciary in protest over a government order that all citizens must use car license plates issued by Kosovan authorities.

Tensions between minority Serbs and the majority Albanians have risen since the government in Pristina made another attempt to enforce registration rules on Serbian residents. It’s a decree that local Serbs have defied with the backing of authorities in neighboring Serbia.