Albanian PM slams `Tunisia-style` revolt, calls counter demo

Last Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 23:28

Tirana: Albanian Prime Minister Sali
Berisha on Saturday slammed the opposition for a "Tunisia-style"
revolt and called for counter demonstrations as opposition
leaders vowed to continue their protest.

Berisha accused the socialist opposition of wanting "a
Tunisian-style scenario for Albania" by staging "a coup to
seize power by force".

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for an
anti-government protest called by the socialist opposition
yesterday.

The demonstration ended with violent clashes between
protesters and the police and three people were killed.

Longtime Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was
ousted in mid-January amid street protests and fled to Saudi
Arabia.

The clashes in Albania yesterday marked the first time
opposition protests had ended in violence since a political
crisis erupted here after disputed 2009 general elections.

"I call on Albanians to gather Wednesday in Tirana to
protest against the violence, it will be a big demonstration
against violence", Berisha told a press conference.

His call came shortly after opposition leader Edi Rama
vowed that the anti-government protests would continue.

"After the mourning period we will start the protest
again," Rama, who is also the mayor of Tirana, said to a news agency on Saturday.

It is unclear when the anti-government protests will
start again as two of the victims are still in the morgue and
it is not known when they will be buried.

Bureau Report



First Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 23:28

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