Say what you want about the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, but at least when things get tense on the floors, no one tosses tear gas canisters.
Oh, they may argue about funding levels for various defense projects, or different aspects of foreign policy and national security. But no tear gas.
The scene Wednesday in Kosovo, though, was slightly different. Opposition members wanted to stop a “vote on a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro,” according to the Independent.
But right before the vote, three canisters of tear gas (or smoke bombs, as some of the Independent’s Facebook commenters noted) were tossed to the front of the Assembly room, causing it to be evacuated.
The U.S., of course, is still part of the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, including sending a battalion-size unit of National Guardsmen last summer to “enable unobstructed political dialogue” to take place, according to Stars & Stripes.
The U.S. ambassador to Kosovo Greg Delawie tweeted: “I urge MPs to reconvene and finish the vote today.”
So, next time you get disgusted by the gridlock on the Hill, at least be glad there’s no tear gas.