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Albania Anti-Government Protesters Keep Up Heat

Albania Anti-Government Protesters Keep Up Heat

Albania's center-right opposition has called for further protests as it continues a months-long effort to bring about the resignation of the left-wing government and force early parliamentary elections. The Democratic Party said after a meeting of its leaders on May 12 that it will hold another protest on May 13.

The move comes after thousands of demonstrators gathered early on May 11 in front of the main government building at Tirana's Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard before moving on to other sites.

Protesters threw flares, firecrackers, Molotov cocktails, and other items as security personnel used tear gas when some in the crowd broke through a police cordon and attempted to storm the government building.

Protesters did not enter the site, and clashes were later reported near the parliament building.

"Barbarous violence against hundreds of protesters...will get [on May 13] the proportional response from the united and determined people," Lulzim Basha, leader of the Democratic Party, told hundreds of supporters at the Tirana police department on May 12.

The opposition has alleged fraud in the 2017 parliamentary elections, organized protests, and cut its ties to parliament to force early polls. The Socialist government of Prime Minister Edi Rama has dismissed the allegations.

The opposition also accuses Rama's cabinet of having links to organized crime, which the government denies.

 

Aliqismet BADALOV,
“Khalq qazeti”

13 2019 14:52 -

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