Opposition protesters in Albania brawled with police on Saturday, November 12, outside Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office in the capital Tirana, where tens of thousands had gathered to protest corruption and rising poverty. .
After demonstrating peacefully for about three hours, the protesters broke through the police cordon around the government building and sprayed red and black paint. The police arrested a protester.
Others lit candles in memory of two men who, according to the opposition, died while in police custody.
Albania has seen an eight percent increase in prices this year, especially for staple foods and fuel, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Opponents have also blamed Rama for the thousands of young people who leave the country each year in search of a better life.
British officials have recently pointed out that Albanians are behind a wave of migrants crossing the English Channel to enter the UK.
The protest is seen in Albania as an attempt by Sali Berisha, the leader of the opposition Democratic Party, to flex his muscles ahead of local elections scheduled for May 2023.
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