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Written by SOT.COM.AL 25 Maj 2022
Zv. The General Director of the State Police has issued a statement to the media today regarding the current situation in the country after the riots and strong tensions last night.
STATE POLICE, PRESS RELEASE, REGARDING VIOLATIONS OF ORDER AND SECURITY IN TIRANA, DURING THE EVENING OF MAY 24, 2022
The State Police informs the public that during the evening of May 24, 2022, of public order among groups of fans who have come to support their teams in the UEFA Conference League Final, between the teams of Rome and Feyenoord.
As we have constantly informed these days, in some public appearances of the leaders of the State Police, in terms of security, the Police has taken full measures not only for the progress of this match, but also for all activities that will take place in our country, starting from the Border Crossing Points, in the crossings of teams, their sports fans or even to guarantee public order for other citizens in Tirana, who are not related to this sports activity, etc., as well as to guarantee of the security order in the entire territory of the Republic of Albania.
During yesterday evening, initially a group of fans of one of the finalist teams, moved towards the stadium "Air Albania", in order to attempt a collision with a group of fans of the other finalist team.
The Public Order Police Services have tried to stop the group of Feyenoord team fans, in “Mustafa Matohiti” street, but they have violently hit the Police officers, with glass bottles, sticks, stones and other strong objects.
Another group of Rome team fans moved towards the bridge near the Tirana Police Directorate and then near the Faculty of Civil Engineering, where they also clashed with the Police services, using stones, bottles and sticks. .
As a result of the violence exercised by the fans of both finalist teams, 19 employees of the State Police were injured on duty, one of whom was wounded with a cold weapon (knife), who were given immediate medical assistance. , as well as four service vehicles of the State Police were damaged.
Regarding the above, in the hospital centers, last night 10 citizens went for medical assistance, of which 5 Albanian citizens, 3 Italians and 2 Dutch, who after receiving medical assistance left.
The State Police Services, in compliance with the legal competencies and based on standard working procedures, initially called on the fan groups to stop the disturbance of public order, the use of violence and the beating of the police officers who were on duty. , warning them that the law would be enforced.
In relation to the behavior and counteraction of fan groups by the structures of the State Police, it has been intervened in an escalated and proportionate manner, making possible their distribution.
60 problematic citizens from both teams, including 48 Italian citizens and 12 Dutch citizens, were escorted to the premises of the State Police, for involvement in violent acts and opposition of police officers. Levers, iron gloves, wooden sticks, stones, knives, pyrotechnics, etc. were seized from them, for whom, in cooperation with the Tirana Judicial District Prosecutor's Office, criminal procedural actions are being carried out and the investigation will continue.
Also, today in the early hours of the morning, 80 Italian hooligan fans were "deported" through the Port of Durrës, for whom, in addition to their departure, the relevant procedures will be followed with the Italian Football Federation, for exclusion from sports facilities and will other law enforcement measures are taken.
The State Police evaluates the behavior and reaction of the citizens of Tirana last night, to avoid attending these areas where violent actions were committed by fans, actions which do not manifest any connection with sports.
The State Police highly appreciates the approach of today, where Albanian citizens have maximally and seriously appreciated the call of the Albanian authorities to restrict movement in the area where the fans are accommodated, near the stadium and not to use vehicles in Tirana.
We would be grateful for this behavior to continue throughout the day, until the fans follow after the match.
We also appeal to businesses in Tirana, not to trade alcoholic beverages in bottles and glass cups, as they pose an increased risk to the health and lives of citizens in case of physical conflict.
Through this public appearance we appeal and address a call for Italian and Dutch fans, to whom we will also communicate through official channels, to behave and act as European citizens, in the city and in the stadium, to implement the laws of the Albanian state and do not confront Police officers, otherwise the law will be strictly enforced.
According to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Albania, "Objection to an employee performing a state duty or a public service" according to Article 235, is a criminal offense and when committed in collaboration or by using physical violence or more than once, is punished with imprisonment of up to five years; "Objection to a public order police officer", according to Article 235, is a criminal offense with the intent to prevent him from performing his duty under the law, when committed in collaboration or by using physical violence or more than once, is punishable with a fine or imprisonment of up to seven years. Also considered criminal offenses are "Strikes due to duty", as well as "Disobedience to the order of a public order police officer", which are punishable by a fine or imprisonment.
The State Police is in constant cooperation with all other local actors, with the authorities organizing this international sporting event, with Italian and Dutch colleagues and is determined to guarantee order and security, to prevent the destruction of property, as and to guarantee the progress of the sports activity that will take place today at 21:00, at the stadium "Air Albania", for which it has planned and is implementing all the measures provided by law.
The State Police seeks the understanding of the citizens of Tirana not to be provoked by individuals or groups of fans who may be under the influence of alcohol and to immediately notify 112 and the Digital Commissariat, any attempt to disrupt order and security.
The State Police is determined and motivated to guarantee a peaceful and festive day in Tirana, so that all Albanian and foreign citizens can enjoy and enjoy an international football match, with all the dimensions it conveys in the country. ours and in Europe.