Jasmine revolution of Yemen, Tunisia and Algeria targets Albania next
We all know what has happened during the weekend. Protestors staged demonstrations in Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Yemen. Now the fever has caught Albania. Via Euractiv:
A wave of protests apparently inspired by Tunisia's 'Jasmine' revolution, which has already spread to Algeria and Yemen, has now hit EU hopeful and NATO member Albania. The country's prime minister, Sali Berisha, on 22 January slammed the opposition for what he called a "Tunisia-style" revolt.
On 14 January, Tunisia experienced its 'Jasmine Revolution', ousting authoritarian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali after more than 23 years in power.
A week later, Algerian opposition supporters clashed with police in the country's capital. Several people were injured.
At the same time, hundreds of protesters marched on 23 January through Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, demanding the release of a prominent Yemeni human rights activist.
The country's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, asked the Yemeni people to forgive him if he had made mistakes and said he would not allow chaos to destroy Yemen, which he said was not Tunisia.
Some analysts have linked the wave of protests in several countries to soaring food prices.
Algeria protests emulate Tunisia revolutionBerisha accused the socialist opposition of wanting to trigger "a Tunisian-style scenario for Albania" by staging "a coup to seize power by force," AFP reported.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for an anti-government protest called by the socialist opposition on 21 January. The demonstration ended with violent clashes between protesters and the police, and three people were killed.