Berisha and Rama blame each other on the tragic turn of Friday's event. The Tirana Prosecutor's Office initiated the investigation and issued 6 arrest warrants. Next Wednesday, Berisha will take to the streets against violence, while Rama will resume the protests.
The day after the demonstration in which 3 died people, majority and opposition, continue to face off with press conferences from their respective offices. Once the dead have escaped, it is a question of discharging the responsibilities, without forgetting the usual mutual accusations about corruption, fraud and ties with organized crime. On Friday evening, News 24 TV broadcast the first images taken by its operators in which the Guardia della Repubblica soldiers are seen shooting with automatic weapons at eye level when the protesters break through the side gate of the government headquarters. In other images, also transmitted by Italian TV, the scene in which one of the demonstrators is killed is framed from above and it appears that the shots come from the Guard's military. The images were acquired as material proof by the Public Prosecutor of Tirana who had started the investigations immediately after the demonstration. Furthermore, the Guard's records and action plans were also seized together with the cameras used by the police. Yesterday, the Procuratorate also issued 6 arrest warrants for Republic Guard officers on duty on Friday, but the State Police have not yet made the detentions. Meanwhile, the police arrested 113 people for the clashes on Friday and yesterday in the evening also another, later identified by the registrations because armed with a gun. Socialist deputy Taulant Balla reacted to the arrests. Of the 113 arrested, only one would have a criminal record.
Chilling the bulletin of the clashes. 3 dead, a wounded in a cerebral coma and at least other 31 protesters presented in one of the two Hospital Presidia of Tirana. Instead, the numbers on the wounded among the police are correct. 44 injured, including one in serious condition, and 65 bruised. The Albanian media, not close to the government, bring testimony of injured people who claim to have been hit by the roofs of the government headquarters. In addition, 4 media workers would have been assaulted by police during the withdrawal of protesters and two others by protesters. The police did not spare beatings and beatings on protesters especially at the end of the demonstration, also taking many of them from the surrounding premises. Prime Minister Sali Berisha defended the work of the police and the Guardia della Repubblica which normally oversees the seat of the government, underlining that they had only done their duty under the regulation provided for similar situations. No comment on the images, but only criticisms of the TV that transmitted them, "trying to act as judge and pm at the same time". According to information provided by Berisha, the victims would be hit closely with light weapons. And as stated by him himself on Friday, not with the weapons available to the State Police and the Guardia della Repubblica. But for the Prime Minister, it will be the prosecutor's office that sheds light. Instead, the only person responsible is the leader of the socialists Edi Rama who attempted the coup with the help of gangs and traffickers armed with stones, sticks, weapons, explosives and Molotov cocktails. A position also supported by other ministers of his government, the leader of the Democratic deputies and the President of the Parliament who issued statements for the press during the day. From the opposition camp, Rama in the lead, everyone blames the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Lulzim Basha for provoking the demonstrators and killing three of them. Rama urges the Head of the State Police to "not become part of the horrendous scenario orchestrated by Berisha and Basha" but to execute the stops of the military 6 of the Guard of the Republic. Instead, the prosecutor must investigate and according to Rama to do so even the images transmitted by TV News 24 are enough. The opposition leader stressed that none of the policemen, fortunately, was wounded with firearms. The same cannot be said for the three protesters killed, another in serious condition and three others injured. All with firearms. In other words, as well as armed gangs, criminal groups or scenarios for usurping institutions. Only unarmed protesters.
The deep displeasure and condolences for the families of the victims were the only declarations to unite majority and opposition. For the rest, everyone seems determined to go on their own way. Rama with protests to obtain Berisha's resignation, the latter with the rigor of the law to prevent this from happening. The declarations of the President of the Republic Bamir Topi who asked the two "to urgently resume the dialogue and take political responsibility to maintain the stability of the country were of no avail. Albania needs to heal its wounds and not get new ones ”. Yesterday, Topi also met representatives of the EU, the United States and the United States based in Tirana to discuss the situation that arose after the demonstration on Friday. The international community had immediately condemned the acts of violence, requiring the majority and the opposition to find the path of dialogue.
Meanwhile, next Wednesday, 26 January, there will be a demonstration "against violence", called by Berisha yesterday that has invited all Albanian citizens to participate to give a message to the world, so that the effects of the acts of violence are canceled at sooner from memory. Edi Rama is not there. Against what violence will Berisha manifest? Against that of the state, against that of its Minister of the Interior or against that of the soldiers of the Guard of the Republic who are still in freedom even after the arrest warrant.
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