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Albanian opposition calls for new protests, PD to hold anti-violence rally

24. January 2011. | 07:39 08:24

Source: Tanjug

Albanian opposition leader Edvin Rama called on his supporters on Sunday to gather for a new peaceful protest on Friday. Berisha has announced that his Democratic Party is going to hold an anti-violence rally on Wednesday.

Albanian opposition leader Edvin Rama called on his supporters on Sunday to gather for a new peaceful protest on Friday, a week after the clashes between protesters and police in Tirana which claimed three lives.

Berisha has announced that his Democratic Party is going to hold an anti-violence rally on Wednesday.

Parliament Speaker Jozefina Topalli, on the other hand, said that no one can overthrow the government through violence.

Rama, who heads the Socialist Party of Albania, the strongest opposition party in the country, attended Sunday the funeral of one of the protesters killed on Friday. The protest was organized by Rama's party, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Sali Berisha and early elections.

The Democratic Party (DP) accused Edi Rama of reminding Albanians of 1997. These comments came from the head of the Democrat Parliamentary Group, Astrit Patozi. “Edi Rama is responsible for what happened on Friday in Tirana,” declared Ilir Meta, who accused the Chairman of the SP of having recruited criminals for what he calls “coup d’etat”. Even Chairman of the Democratic Alliance, Neritan Ceka denounced the violence that was used in the opposition’s demonstration. Ceka directly accused Edi Rama of organizing this scenario and of organizing criminal groups, which would face with the police.

“Edi Rama is the only responsible for what happened and for what did not happen in the ‘Deshmoret e Kombit” Boulevard, in front of the Prime Minister’s Office. He is the organizer of that monster demonstration, which through an enormous express of hate, tried to destroy the political reports that came from the citizens’ free votes with blood, guns, stones, sticks and Molotov cocktails. But the life of every Albanian citizen is very precious. The loss of three lives is such a great loss, and I express my deepest condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives on Friday for Edi Rama. Even more serious than this is the murdering of calmness and hope of a free society,” said Astrit Patozi, Head of the Democrat Parliamentary Group.

“Yesterday he showed his true face through the criminals that hit for several hours the institutions and the police forces. This bastard, who has nothing political, replaced the Socialist Party with organized crime… He shed blood and burned Tirana on Friday, so this way, he can give up from blackmailing the state’s institutions. Neither Edi Rama nor anyone else can take power through violence, and especially by using his relations to organized crime,” said Chairman of the Socialist Movement for Integration (SMI), Ilir Meta.

The “Democratic Alliance” sentenced the violence that was used on Friday’s demonstration, which was organized by the SP. This was not a spontaneous violence; it was a political and anarchist act, which was prepared for several weeks by the leadership of this party. The Prosecutor’s Office should identify all the authors of these attacks and it should place them before justice. We also want the strict inspection of every case where violence has been used unnecessarily by the police,” said Ceka.

“The Republican Party (RP) expresses its deepest condolences to the victims’ families, and it asks all Albanian citizens, without political distinction, to sentence these irresponsible acts of violence. The RP calls the SP as the main opposing political force to take its responsibilities in analyzing the events and to prevent the repetition of similar situations, which damage all Albanians regardless of their political inclinations. We ask the Prosecutor’s Office to carry investigations for all illegal acts carried on Friday,” said Olsi Baze, from the RP.


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