Two episodes of violence were recorded in Greece, allegedly linked to the killing of Konstantinos Kacifa, shot dead by the Albanian police over the weekend.
In the first case, a group of Albanians came up against a group of Greeks on Monday in Athens, while in the early hours of Tuesday a travel agency for Albania was attacked, with homemade incendiary bombs according to media reports. Greek and Albanian.
What happened over the weekend
Kacifa was shot after allegedly opening fire with a Kalashnikov against the Albanian police in the southern village of Bularat, near the border with Greece.
The village of Bularat - populated by Greek citizens - was celebrating the Oxy Day, a great Greek festival that at the time, in the 1940, commemorated the beginning of the Italian-Greek war.
Vangjel Dule, political representative of the Greek minority in Albania, called the conduct of the Albanian police 'non-professional'. Speaking with the Albanian media, the inhabitants of the village of Bularat claimed that Kacifa had opened fire on an empty Albanian police car, with the intention of not killing anyone.
A video shot with a mobile phone, on the other hand, shows how Kacifa was running with a Kalashnikov firing several shots in an unclear direction. His killing was one of the worst incidents in the last decades between Albania and the country's Greek minority.
The agreement between Albania and Greece
Albania and Greece have a 'friendship' agreement, with some 600.000 Albanians who have emigrated to Greece in the last three decades.
However, the two governments have struggled to overcome various issues, including the rights of Albanians expelled by Greek nationalists at the end of World War II, known as the Cham question, and the rights of the Greek minority living in Albania.
In an attempt to overcome these problems, Albania agreed in 2016 to allow Greece to build cemeteries on Albanian territory for its soldiers who died in the country during World War II, and approved a new law on minority rights that made the Greek language is the second official language in the municipalities where the Greek ethnicity is in presence higher than 20%.
However, Greece refuses to recognize the Cham issue, while negotiations for the delimitation of the maritime border between the two countries are currently blocked.
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