Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama spoke today at 19: 00 at a press conference about the clashes and riots that took place in Kukës, where protesters they protested violently against the implementation of the toll on the Albania-Kosovo border.
Violent clashes in Albania between the police and hundreds of citizens who protested against the introduction of the toll on the highway between Tirana and Kosovo.
"Police intervention to prevent violent people from destroying toll booths is a very serious matter. I assure you that these crimes will be punished in an exemplary manner. Anyone who has dared to attack the police, on either side of the border, will not escape the law. " - emphasized with high tones Edi Rama.
The Albanian premier also responded to political opponents, who - after the events - immediately demanded the abolition of the 5 euro toll:
"To those who put tares in Tirana, I say this: neither the Albanian people in general nor the people of Kukës associate themselves with the episodes of violence and vandalism that happened today. While I have nothing to say to the unconscious leader of the opposition who promptly emerged immediately after the facts. All opposition leaders do nothing but make fun of the population. " - continued Edi Rama
The Prime Minister has also introduced the possibility of reducing the toll for those who - for work or any other reason - often pass between Albania and Kosovo, and therefore in the toll zone:
"With the citizens who consider the 5 euro toll high, we will talk. Those who travel frequently on that part of the highway will pay less than the others. Within 60 days we will explain everything in detail. "
On Monday there will be a meeting between Rama and the mayor of Kukës, to whom the prime minister has expressly requested to distance himself officially from "today's criminal violence". In conclusion, Rama also sent a message to the socialists of the municipality of Kukës:
"Every socialist councilor in the municipality of Kukës who also participated indirectly in the protest has lost the right to be part of our common family, that of the Albanian Socialist Party."
Complete speech by Edi Rama (in Albanian)
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