EU and USA condemn yesterday’s violent protest in Tirana

EU and USA condemn yesterday’s violent protest in Tirana

The European Union has condemned the violence seen in yesterday’s protest and the behavior of the Members of Parliament in the plenary session.

In its press statement, the EU delegation to Tirana says that:

“The EU condemns the violence in yesterday’s protests and the conduct by the Members of the Parliament at the plenary session. Democratic processes, be it parliamentary hearings or protests, should be allowed to take place peacefully. Albanian citizens demand their elected representatives to show leadership and responsibility, and to work in partnership in pursuing important reforms that are also crucial for Albania’s aspiration to join the EU.”.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s violence while Parliament was voting for the new Albanian Prosecutor General, was also condemned by the US embassy.

“The United States Embassy strongly condemns the violence that took place during today’s protests in Tirana.  We support the right of citizens to peacefully protest, but damaging of public property, releasing of smoke grenades in Parliament and violence are not acceptable.  We call on all parties to show restraint and encourage calm.

The people of Albania should not be surprised that their politicians are fighting amongst themselves.  This means the judicial reform is finally being implemented.  The Vetting Commissions will soon have their first results.  The Prosecutor General who refused to prosecute politicians is gone. We will soon see the creation of the SPAK and BKH to investigate and prosecute high-level corrupt officials.  The people of Albania are impatient for justice.   And the politicians are afraid.”/