Albania: Thousands attend funeral of ethnic Greek man shot by police

Thousands travelled from Greece to join the Greek minority community in the southern Albanian village of Bularat on Thursday to attend the funeral of Konstantinos Katsifas, who died during an exchange of gunfire with the Albanian police on October 28. People raised Greek flags and shouted slogans such us 'Konstantine you live and lead us' during the funeral procession of the 35-year-old ethnic... Еще Greek. Katsifas was shot and killed by officers from Albania's elite counter-terrorism police unit, when he -according to local authorities- engaged in a gunfight with police officers sent to arrest him for firing a weapon and raising a Greek flag while celebrating Oxi Day in commemoration of fallen Greek soldiers. Oxi Day is celebrated through Greece and by Greek communities throughout the world as the day when Greece rejected an ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory on October 28 1940. This refusal resulted in Greece's entry into World War II on the side of the Allies. The family of the deceased dispute this version of events and have called for an investigation. There have also been protests in Greece. Amid tightened security at border crossings, Albanian police arrested several people travelling to the funeral due to fears they would disrupt the service. Some of those arrested were also reportedly wearing clothes sporting paramilitary symbols and slogans.

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