Protests will continue until demands are met, says opposition in Kosovo

Protests will continue until demands are met, says opposition in Kosovo

Pristina, April 23, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

The opposition in Kosovo doesn’t plan on withdrawing from its demands, made public to the government on Saturday’s protest.

The opposition says that it’s waiting the two week deadline given to the government in order for the latter to meet its demands. Otherwise, the opposition says, further action will ensue.

Three opposition leaders, Visar Ymeri, Ramush Haradinaj and Fatmir Limaj, have met on Wednesday afternoon and discussed the latest developments, the protest and the steps that will be taken once the deadline given to the government expires.

Leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, said after the meeting that the opposition is united and that protests will continue.

“Once again, we discussed the demands and the challenges that we face. The opposition is united and it’s determined to enforce the fulfillment of these demands”, Haradinaj said.

The leader of AAK believes that these demands are legitimate and it would be good if the government reflected, because protests would not stop.

The leader of Incentive for Kosovo, Fatmir Limaj said that the meeting discussed the protest and the recent developments and he declared that protests will not cease if the demands of the opposition are not fulfilled.

Limaj said that the government must reflect on these demands and that the opposition will act based on the actions that the government will take.

Limaj added that with this meeting, the opposition thanks the citizens for holding a peaceful protest in reaction to the threatening language used by the government.

Meanwhile, the government’s spokesman, Arban Abrashi  said that the opposition must submit its demands in parliament, where it can voice its concerns.

“The opposition must find another way of voicing its concerns, because protests have not been efficient. The government is working and it doesn’t submit to ultimatums”, Abrashi said.

Abrashi rejected the opposition’s accusations for arrogance on the part of the government thanks to its numbers in parliament.

“I don’t think that there’s room for arrogance here. We have not behaved in an arrogant manner. The door is always open for concerns. This is democracy. We have two big parties in the coalition and the coalition is working out just fine”, Abrashi said. /ibna/