TIRANA (Reuters) – Albanian police used tear gas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse protestors trying to break into parliament after marching twice around a nearby government building in a campaign for early elections.
The initially peaceful protest became violent when a small number in the several thousand-strong crowd began pushing and throwing stones at police protecting parliament. Some protesters and police suffered minor injuries.
Protest - Mid - February - Opposition - Elections
The protest is the fifth since mid February as the opposition seeks fresh elections after allegations of corruption and electoral fraud. Lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party renounced their parliamentary seats in February but a dozen substitute lawmakers took them up.
Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha said Albania would not have peace until Prime Minister Edi Rama quits to allow free and fair elections. And he took a swipe at Western diplomats calling for calm and dialogue.
Albania - Protests - Values - Crime - Government
“Albania is not destabilized by protests for European values. It has been destabilized by crime and the government’s embrace of it. This we need to end,” Basha said.
Earlier both the European Union, with which Albania hopes...
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