Albania’s Interior Minister has faced calls to resign after police fatally shot a young man throughout the nation’s immediate curfew on Tuesday.
25-year-old Klodian Rasha was shot dead near his house in Tirana after not responding to police calls to discontinue.
An officer, who was afterward detained, has reportedly said that he opened fire because he thought the man had a weapon in his hands.
Klodian Rasha’s sister, Sabora, has told Euronews Albania her brother did not have a weapon and he had gone out to purchase cigarettes.
“I wish to learn why my brother has been murdered. Why did they kill him if he didn’t have a gun ?”
Interior Minister Sander Lleshaj said authorities were investigating how the incident happened and has voiced his”deepest condolences with this horrible loss”.
“I say my entire assurance that accountable legal bodies will immediately, accurately, and immediately finalize investigations into the murder of Klodian Rasha,” Lleshaj stated on Facebook.
Albanian state authorities also have described the episode as”tragic” and say they’re also”intensively analyzing” exactly what led to the shooting.
“We express our sincere condolences to relatives, relatives, friends, and taxpayers affected by this action,” the authority said in a statement on Facebook.
“The State Police ensures that the taxpayers that it stays committed and participated in its responsibility to boost public security, to guard the rights and life of each citizen.”
Albania’s President, Ilir Meta, included that the episode had”deeply shaken” everybody in the nation, also blamed officials for raising police violence.
“At the past two decades… acts of improper and extreme violence by particular State Authorities have escalated,” Meta said in a Facebook post.
“That is the direct obligation of senior officers and State Authorities leaders, in addition to the Minister of Interior, who haven’t thus far held apparent public places because of zero tolerance for these acts.”
“I recommend law enforcement agencies and other state governments to react instantly to the fantastic demand for justice society via a fast, comprehensive, independent, objective, and transparent investigation into the critical episode of Klodian Rasha’s murder”
Hundreds of protestors gathered in the interior ministry building on Wednesday, with a few throwing objects at police officers.
Euronews Albania has reported at least one police officer, a protester, and a journalist were hurt in sporadic clashes while people attempted to enter into the ministry.
Demonstrators also gathered across the street of the prime minister’s office, defying COVID-19 limitations which restrict public parties to ten individuals.
Albanian governments have levied several lockdown measures involving compulsory facemasks and also an overnight curfew to attempt and avoid a surge of new instances.
Protesters said the rally wasn’t political, though some opposition fans were seen among the audiences.