DW analysis: Opposition protest for the overthrow of the Rama government
Protest of the opposition in Tirana, which accuses the socialist government of numerous abuses of power, waste and massive extent of corruption.
Supporters of the opposition, led by the largest opposition Democratic Party (PD) in Albania, held a peaceful protest of more than 2 hours on Thursday evening (07.07), where they asked the Rama government to resign due to the increase of prices, the economic crisis and corruption scandals, published in the capital’s dailies, where in recent days he heads the incinerators
The opposition accuses the socialist government of numerous abuses of power, waste and widespread corruption.
In the Special Anti-Corruption Structure (SPAK), the opposition has made numerous denunciations, especially for corrupt concession agreements signed by the government.
Albania is experiencing an increase in the prices of basic food products and fuel due to the war in Ukraine and the Russian aggression against it. Albanian citizens feel economically insecure.
Last night’s protest was called by the former prime minister and former president Berisha, head of the “Reestablishment Group”, which took control of the DP, after a decision of the Court of First Instance, which has now been appealed to the Court of Appeal, by the other group. of DP, represented by Enkelejd Alibeaj. In May of last year, former Prime Minister Berisha was declared “persona non grata” by the American government for “corrupt acts that have undermined democracy in Albania” during his term as Prime Minister 2005-2013.
The “Socialist Movement for Integration” party also participated in the protest, which in terms of the electorate occupies the third place in Albania, after the two major opposing parties, SP and PD, which have rotated power in the 30 post-communist years. On a podium that had the slogan ‘Albania in danger’ and ‘don’t say: what do I need?’ orators took the floor in front of several thousand protestors.
They focused on corruption, mis-governance, the increased level of poverty and the departure from Albania to EU countries, USA or Canada, of youth and qualified citizens in various professions.
Former Prime Minister Berisha stated in his speech that the protests will not stop until “Rama is no longer Prime Minister.” “Edi Rama, from this square, on behalf of the Albanian citizens, I call on you to stop the thieves and leave. Albania is in danger, because its future is in danger. A nation that gives birth, raises children to become immigrants, is a nation without youth, without a future.
Rama and the policies he has followed have led to the departure of 540,000 Albanians from the country in five years,” Berisha emphasized to the protesters.
Peaceful protest, without any incident
Last night’s opposition protest is the first after the one for the 2021 parliamentary elections, where there was a significant turnout of protesters. It closed without incident. On the eve of its beginning, the US ambassador in Tirana, Yuri Kim, called the protest “a right of all citizens”.
“It is important to apply the law and the protest to be peaceful”, she emphasized after an activity of the American Chamber of Commerce. Official sources from the State Police told 137 that to maintain order during the protest, about 1,200 police forces were deployed.
The doors and windows of the Prime Minister’s building, in front of which the podium was placed, were armored to protect them from any possible attack.
Last night’s protest is the first that former Prime Minister Berisha organizes after he took over the leadership of the “Reestablishment Group” of the DP, which he came to head with the promise that he will return the DP to power. The Democratic Party still remains badly divided, divided into two opposing groups. Despite the significant participation, supporters of the opposing group, represented by Enkelejd Alibeaj, chairman of the DP parliamentary group, did not participate in the protest./dw/