Forum for Democracy

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Forum for Democracy (Albanian: Forumi për Demokraci) was an opposition group created in January 1997, in support of anti-government protesters and opposition and President Sali Berisha. On his head was placed Daut Gumeni recommended by Soros, Fatos Lubonja from The Albanian Helsinki Committee (AHC was known for anti-Berisha positions) and Kurt Kola President of the Association of Politically Persecuted (also indebted to the People). The Forum was formed by three opposition parties Socialist Party, Social Democratic Party and Democratic Alliance Party with the support of the American Embassy in Albania, led by Marisa Lino. Forum Activity fell throughout the month of February, during which most of the protests organized in Tirana and Vlora. Despite stating that protests would be peaceful, any protest organized by the Forum turned violent. Forum main requirements were: the government's resignation, the resignation of the President, early elections and full refund of the money of Albanians who had lost in pyramid schemes. Forum unconditionally supported the hunger strike of students Vlora and called for dialogue with President Berisha conditional. With the start of armed rebellion, after the 28 February incident, the role of the Forum and disappeared on March 4, 1997, Forum for Democracy was replaced by Committees of Public Salvation.

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  • Rënia e Demokracisë”, Afrim Krasniqi, 1998, Eurorilindja