Albanian opposition holds memorial march

HomazheTIRANA, Albania – Some 3,000 supporters of Albania’s main opposition Socialist Party have held a peaceful march to honour four people killed two years ago in an anti-government demonstration.

As funeral marches played, Socialist leader Edi Rama and lawmakers led the silent protest Monday to the area outside Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s office in central Tirana where the men were shot dead.
Three officers of the Republican Guard, which protects senior officials and government buildings, are on trial over the fatal shootings.
Berisha denies claims by the Socialists that he and his former interior minister ordered the demonstrators’ deaths. The premier has accused Rama of staging the 2011 protest to seize power.
In recent statements the international community has called on the Albanian judiciary accelerate the trial process, which started eight months ago. (AP)