Albania: Request to hold a rally denied, the opposition decides to go ahead

Albania: Request to hold a rally denied, the opposition decides to go ahead

Tirana police refuses the opposition’s request to hold a protest on 5 March in front of parliament, opposition reacts: This is a violation of the law!

Tirana police has refused the opposition’s request to hold a protest on March 5 in front of the parliament’s building. “The demonstration that the Democratic Party of Albania wants to hold is a threat to the security of the Parliament of Albania. This protest will prevent members of government, MPs and administration employees to enter and exit these premises; it puts their life in danger and it does not allow parliament to function normally”, police statement reads. Therefore, according to police “permission for such demonstration is denied”.

Police in the capital have also added that they would ask the opposition to hold the protest in another more appropriate location.

“When the holding of a protest poses a threat for national security and public safety, then this protest is not permitted”, police add.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has replied, stating that it does not intend on cancelling the protest that it is planning to hold on March 5 in front of parliament.

“We would like to inform you that the demonstration will go ahead as planned”, opposition officials said.

Meanwhile, they have also warned police that any action which may prevent the right to demonstrate and the consequences that this may lead to will be blamed on law enforcement agencies. “We would like to inform you that you’re in violation of the law”, the DP’s statement ends.