ALBANIA (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Albanian police reported that they detained 50 people during riots against the government of Edi Rama in Tirana, many of the detainees were members of the opposition Democratic Party.
The mass protest of supporters of the Democratic Party against the policies of the ruling Socialist Party of Rama on Sunday night turned into clashes with police in Tirana.
Demonstrators threw “Molotov cocktails” and stones at law enforcement officers, the police responded with tear gas, water cannons and rubber batons. Incendiary bottles protesters caused a fire at the entrance to the parliament building.
“50 people were arrested, only 84 people were brought to justice … Among them are several deputies and members of the leadership of the Democratic Party,” the police quotes the Albanian Daily News.
Those arrested are charged with “assaulting a person in the line of duty”, “destruction of property”, “violation of the rules for the storage and use of explosives and combustible substances”.
According to law enforcement, during the riots suffered 15 employees of the Interior Ministry.
Rama during the day demanded to punish the perpetrators of the riots to the fullest extent of the law.
The head of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, accused the head of the government of violence, said that he had “launched a war against his own people,” and called the current government a “criminal junta.” The opposition leader promised to continue the struggle until the Socialist Party leaves the government.
Opposition protests continue in Albania for several months and are becoming more radical.
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