Albania Theatre – level 3

25-05-2020 07:00

Albania’s National Theatre in the capital, Tirana, was demolished on May 17 during coronavirus restrictions.

Police had to remove a group of protesters from the building before heavy machinery could start work. 37 people, including a journalist, were detained; however, the police later released them. The following day, furious protests started, and the police had to use pepper spray to disperse the angry crowd.

The government’s decision to destroy the theatre was opposed by artists who wanted it renovated. One of the artists called the demolition a criminal act. The former mayor of Tirana and the leader of the main opposition party, Lulzim Basha, has urged people to topple the government over the demolition. He said that the protests would continue until the government was gone.

Difficult words: detain (to arrest), disperse (to move away over a large area), topple (to remove a government or person in authority from power).

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