The US and the EU are among those appealing for calm in Albania, after at least three people were killed and dozens were injured in anti-government protests in the capital Tirana over the weekend.
Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha says he will not allow a similar overthrow of his government as in Tunisia, but the opposition has vowed more demonstrations.
Supporters of the opposition Socialists accuse the government of financial wrong doing and vote rigging during the 2009 elections. Tensions further increased this week when the country’s deputy prime minister, Ilir Meta, resigned amid an alleged corruption scandal.
Albania’s Prime Minister Sali Berisha has accused his opponents of attempting a “Tunisia-style uprising,” a reference to the bloody overthrow of Tunisia’s president in which scores were killed.
Mr. Berisha says Albania will not pass into a similar “state of emergency.” He has told Albanians in televised remarks that “scenarios of violence will not be tolerated.”
But those watching the recent demonstrations have already described them as the worst violence to erupt in the volatile Balkan nation in over a decade.
Source; Voice of America Radio
The contagion of unrest and the unraveling of civil society which started a few weeks ago in Tunisia has now arrived in Europe. Actually, it’s been ongoing there for several months, with violent riots in Greece, Italy and other places against government plans to “fix” the economy.
I have no sympathy for the government of Albania, which is hopelessly corrupt and definitely deserves to go. It’s very possible that violent street protests are the only way to dislodge a government which otherwise will ignore all efforts to remove it. But I worry about all the innocent people who will be hurt in the process, as inevitably happens.
Genesis 6:11 tells us about the time just before the Flood;
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
That definitely describes our world today, and God is about to send another event on the earth which will cleanse it of unrighteousness in an even more dramatic way than the Flood did. Believers must follow the advice of the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing, so that you and those you love will be saved, just as Noah and his family was.
Written by Aaron