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



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