Opposition newspaper editor tells parliamentary hearing he was beaten by police at protest

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 6, 2018 07:22

Opposition newspaper editor tells parliamentary hearing he was beaten by police at protest

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  • Kasmi told the committee he was hit several times by special forces members, who had created a protective strip around the Ministry of Interior as they were trying to make protesters back off.

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TIRANA, June 6 – Albania’s Media Parliamentary Committee held a hearing on Monday with Blendi Kasmi – editor in chief of the opposition’s Democratic Party official mouthpiece RD newspaper, who was injured during the opposition’s May 26 anti-government rally.

Kasmi told the committee he was hit several times by special forces members, who had created a protective strip around the Ministry of Interior as they were trying to make protesters back off.

According to Kasmi, who said he was there to cover the rally as a journalist, the attack towards him was intentional, as the special force member that hit him parted from the second line of police forces and then retracted back, where he was covered by other policemen to cover the “punishable and barbar act” from his side.

State police has already said they will investigate this case, but no results have so far been delivered.

After Kasmi’s statement, committee members were involved in harsh debates and exchange of political accusations. Opposition representatives accused the state police of committing violent acts, while Socialist Party lawmakers said Kasmi was not attending the rally as a simple journalist.

As an argument, government MP’s mentioned the Jan. 21, 2011 opposition protest, where a journalist was wounded on the hand as gunshots were fired.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times June 6, 2018 07:22