Statement (2015/10/25)

October 25, 2015

The US Embassy strongly condemns the violence that erupted during the protests on the evening of October 24, which injured members of the police, journalists and protesters. We also condemn the damage to property, including to the Albanian Embassy. A full investigation into all incidents in accordance with established laws and procedures should be quickly conducted.

While freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech are fundamental tenets of democracy, we urge all parties to display restraint and respect for the law. Political differences should be resolved on the basis of a constructive dialogue within parliamentary institutions, and not on the streets.