Ethnic Albanian rioters shot at police Saturday as Yugoslavia's Kosovo province was shaken by a third straight day of violence, Tanjug news agency said.

Demonstrators threw stones and bricks at police, and some fired shots from pistols, Tanjug reported from the Kosovo town of Urosevac, 150 miles south of Belgrade.Tanjug did not mention any injuries, nor whether police returned fire.

Earlier, Tanjug reported police reinforcements ringed the town after dispersing the demonstrators but said there were sporadic clashes in back streets as protesters tried to regroup.

Reuters reporter Andrej Gustincic reported from Urosevac - scene of the most widespread ethnic Albanian unrest in eight years - that the main road out of town was strewn with broken glass and rocks. Three cars were overturned and a truck tire had been burned.

It was the third successive day of violence in Kosovo, where the ethnic Albanian majority objects to new rules that limit the province's self-rule and give control of the region to Serbia, largest of Yugoslavia's six republics.

Demonstrators fired several shots at police in Urosevac Thursday on the first day of riots following the agreement of Kosovo's assembly to the political changes. No one was hit and police did not return fire.

After they dispersed most of the crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 chanting demonstrators in Vrosevac Saturday, police ordered people off the streets.

A paramilitary policeman in a gas mask fired stun grenades onto one road, witnesses reported. They said protesters attacked three Yugoslav television teams, smashing cameras.

The witnesses said the trouble in Urosevac flared suddenly. People were strolling around, then crowds gathered and shouted slogans against the new rules.

"Better dead than a slave," protesters yelled.