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Protesters vent anger at PM’s office, torch bunker in Albania

Protesters vent anger at PM’s office, torch bunker  in Albania

TIRANA: Opposition protesters in Albania threw eggs and cobblestones ripped from the street at the office of Prime Minister Edi Rama on Tuesday, using the 25th anniversary of an historic student protest against communism to denounce his government.

The opposition Democratic Party was swept from power by Rama’s Socialists in 2013 and trounced in mayoral elections in June. The party, however, accuses his government of rampant corruption that it says is driving Albanians to seek asylum in western Europe.

“We shall not get tired, will not be trampled,” Democratic Party head Lulzim Basha told the crowd in the capital Tirana.




“This is the start of a season of protest that will stop only when its popular goals are achieved. Civil disobedience has started,” he said. “A technical government is the solution.” Before and during his speech, the crowd threw eggs, cobblestones and bags filled with green and blue dye at the gate of the prime minister’s office. Some set fire to a bunker Rama built as a tourist attraction.

Published in Dawn, December 9th, 2015

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