Albanian ‘Ben Ali’ Berisha kills oppositionists


This video is called Albanian demonstrations in Tirana 2011.

21 January 2011.

From The Citizen, in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania:

Unfortunately the world seems to believe that the impact of popular revolt in Tunisia affects the Arab world only. That’s incorrect.

The Citizen column continues saying that the Tunisian revolution may influence non-Arab African countries.

However, today proves influence on an European country.

From the BBC:

21 January 2011 Last updated at 18:29 GMT

Three killed as Albanian police clash with protesters

Three people have been killed in the Albanian capital Tirana during clashes between police and thousands of opposition supporters.

An estimated 20,000 people rallied outside government buildings calling on the conservative government to resign.

The protests follow the resignation of deputy prime minister Ilir Meta who is at the centre of a fraud scandal.

The socialist opposition accuses the government of corruption, abuse of power and rigging the last election.

Albania has been in political deadlock since the opposition rejected the result of the 2009 elections.

“Three people are dead, 17 policemen and soldiers were injured, including three seriously, along with 22 civilians,” hospital surgeon Sami Koceku told AFP news agency.

He said the victims were already dead when they arrived at the hospital. …

Before the protests, the US embassy in Tirana also called for the protest to be peaceful and appealed to politicians to tone down their rhetoric.

So, the United States government supports the bloody Albanian ruler Berisha. Like they supported Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, until he fled to Saudi Arabia. Barack Obama promised “change” in his US presidential election campaign. US policies on Tunisia and Albania are not really examples of change.

The opposition wants fresh parliamentary elections after rejecting the result of the June 2009 vote which Mr Berisha’s Democratic Party won by a small margin.

Political tensions rose after Ilir Meta – Mr Berisha’s key ally – resigned last week after being accused of corruption over a power plant tender.

Albania – one of Europe’s poorest countries – will hold local elections on 8 May but the next general election is not due until 2013.

Since the fall of communism in 1991, Albania has never held an election that has met all international standards.

Its hopes of joining the EU have been thwarted as it struggles to prove it has made the transition to a fully-functioning democracy.

Brussels rejected Albania’s application for candidate status late last year, urging it to meet an agenda of 12 points, in particular fighting corruption.

Amnesty Online: News – Investigation urged into Albania protest: here.

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