Il Court of Tirana decided this afternoon to confirm the detention in prison for 11 protesters arrested last weekend after the violent protest against the introduction of the toll on the Albanian section of the motorway linking the country with Kosovo.
The Court considered the prosecution's requests valid after five hours of debate. Two other demonstrators will be under house arrest, while for 10 protesters the Court has decided - especially for the age and health problems of this dozen protesters - the obligation to report to the police station in Kukës.
The 23 arrested are accused of "destruction of property" and "resistance to a public official". During the protest last weekend, protesters threw stones at law enforcement agencies, then set fire to the toll booths.
The Court's ruling was preceded by severe tensions. Hundreds of police officers have surrounded the courthouse since the early hours of the morning blocking a large area around the court and asking citizens where they were heading.
For this reason, many 'innocent' citizens have not digested the situation that has arisen and have discussed with the police about their right to be able to move freely and without having to report to anyone about their displacement.
The situation got worse when a group of opposition deputies composed of the Democratic Party - one of them also shouted from the crowd "stop thieves in power, not citizens”-Main formation of the center-right led by Lulzim basha, and by the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) party of the center-left, they strongly asked to enter the hall where the session was to take place, but they were blocked by the police.
The protesters' accusation was of falsification of documents by prosecutors regarding arrests: the prosecution documents, in fact, report that Saturday's violent demonstrators were arrested at 10 on Sunday morning, while the arrests occurred in the middle of the night between Saturday and Sunday.
After several attempts to break through the door of the hall, the parliamentary leader of the PD, Edmond Spaho accused the police of "having exercised violence against us. We are living the Rama dictatorship, but it will not make it. He will have both us and the citizens in front of us, "said Spaho.
The opposition has invited Albanian citizens to show solidarity to the detainees, inviting them to participate in another protest that will take place on Saturday at 12: 00.
The protest parallels Ballsh
The protest against the arrests of Kukës protesters is not the only one this week. On Wednesday, in Ballsh, dozens of oil refinery workers took control of the city's refinery, clashing with security guards. The cause was the lack of salary payments for months.
The refinery built during the communist era was privatized in the 2008. Since then it has gone bankrupt several times, leaving hundreds of millions of euros in taxes and unpaid expenses.
The most recent case was the failure - last December - of an offshore company called IRTC, which has tens of millions of unpaid taxes, after starting its work a year ago with the 'blessing' of two government ministers.
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