In the Albanian capital Tirana, at least three people have been shot dead and several others injured during a rally. Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Prime Minister’s office demanding the government step down over corruption allegations. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds who called for fresh elections. The country has been in a political deadlock since the opposition rejected the result of the ballot two years ago.
Opposition leaders in Albania are vowing to hold more anti-government protests, a day after three people were killed in clashes with police.
They are calling for an end to Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s government following a corruption scandal.
Anti-government protest in Albania
TENS of thousands of demonstrators have started a silent protest in the Albanian capital Tirana, a week to the day after clashes during an opposition rally killed three.
The demonstrators, headed by the leadership of the opposition Socialists and the families of the victims, started a march on the government buildings. People continued to pour into the downtown area near the government, bringing traffic in central Tirana to a standstill. Many protesters carried flowers.
In the square in front of the government, a stage was set up, and opposition leader Edi Rama, the mayor of the capital, was expected to address the crowds later.
Pictures of the three fatalities of the last rally were placed on stage, with the word “justice” written on them in Albanian and English.
There was a huge police presence in the capital, with two cordons surrounding the government buildings and 30 elite officers guarding the entrance.