Some two thousand ethnic Albanians have protested against the arrests of former rebels charged by a European Union prosecutor of war crimes during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
The protesters, most of them former members of the now disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, carried banners blaming the EU police mission for tarnishing the image of the rebels that fought an independence war against Serbia.
A former government minister was among 11 former rebels suspected of torturing and killing Serb captives and their ethnic Albanian collaborators. Nine were arrested last Wednesday.
About 10,000 people died in the war, most of them ethnic Albanians. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
The EU police mission is in charge of prosecuting war crimes in the new nation.