Violent protests in Kosovo, opposition demands the government’s resignation

Violent protests in Kosovo, opposition demands the government’s resignation

Pristina, 11 January 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Political crisis in Kosovo continues to deepen. Opposition parties Self Determination, AAK and Incentive for Kosovo see the option of early general elections as the only solution.

According to them, the prime minister and his collaborators have lost their legitimacy, as in the talks with neighboring Serbia, they have signed an agreement that threatens Kosovo’s sovereignty.

This was the stance that was manifested during the massive protest against the government, which was held in Pristina during the weekend.

Although it was announced that this was going to be a quiet protest, a small group of protesters attacked the government’s building and riot police with Molotov bombs and other hard objects.

A large group of police special forces equipped with teargas and other security measures, managed to disperse violent protesters.

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During these clashes, 10 police officers, one journalist and three protesters sustained slight injuries.

In his speech in front of thousands, leader of Self Determination, Visar Ymeri said that the massive participation of citizens in the opposition’s protest shows that power cannot be held through violence and oppression.

Ymeri also said that there can be no democracy when those who violate the Constitution, rule the country.

“The Prime Minister first wanted to dismantle the capital and now, he wants to dismantle the Republic. There has never been a power which could kneel the entire people. This the time of development, wellbeing and equality. This time begins today with you, without the Association of Serb Communes, without Isa Mustafa and Hashim Thaci”, Ymeri said.

Leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj has demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Isa Mustafa and Hashim Thaci.

Haradinaj said that time has come for them to leave in order for Kosovo to become a state.

He said that the current people in government have made Kosovo the most corrupt country.

Leader of the Incentive for Kosovo, Fatmir Limaj has called on the governing coalition to take the demand of the citizens for protest seriously.

“People of Kosovo spoke today. They are expecting this government to resign. There is no other way”, he said.

President condemns vandal acts

President of the country, Atifete Jahjaga has strongly condemned the acts of vandalism against public property and the use of objects that put in danger the life of the citizens of Kosovo and police forces.

In her reaction in relation to the opposition’s protest, the president says that the protest is a right which exists in every democracy, that it’s guaranteed by the Constitution and that it’s an instrument to express discontent.

“But this right comes with responsibility and today’s acts of violence against institutions of the country are totally unacceptable”.

Security Council: Organizers are responsible for the injuries and damages

Kosovo’s Security Council, where the prime minister of the country, Isa Mustafa is part of, has strongly condemned the escalation of violence during the protest organized by opposition parties in the capital of Kosovo.

The Security Council demands from opposition parties to give up from this scenario of violence and other dangerous instruments of destroying institutional and constitutional order in Kosovo.

The violent protest has also been condemned by the ambassadors of the EU countries and USA in Pristina. The foreign diplomats have invited all political parties to sit on the table of talks in order to solve the political crisis.

Meanwhile, following the request by the president of the country, Atifete Jahjaga, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Agreement on the Association of Serb Communes signed in Brussels on 25 August by PM Isa Mustafa and his Serb counterpart, Alexander Vucic, has a number of violations.

This interpretation has encouraged opposition parties to join in protests against the government. Besides contesting the agreement, the opposition now also demands the overthrow of the government, which according to the opposition, doesn’t have legitimacy to lead the country. /ibna/