Protests in Albania – level 3

20-05-2019 07:00

The centre-right opposition in Albania considers the current government corrupt and says that votes were stolen in the parliamentary elections.

There have been protests in Albania for three months – the people demand that the socialist prime minister step down and that the parliament hold an election. Many opposition lawmakers even stepped down from parliament in protest.

Large-scale protests last Saturday continued into Sunday and turned violent – people threw Molotov cocktails while police used tear gas and water cannons. The police arrested 50 people that weekend, and the organisers called for an even larger rally on Monday.

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, called the opposition’s stance ‘blind’. The American Embassy in Albania called for an end to the violence, saying that the opposition is working against its own goal because ‘violence is inherently undemocratic’.

Difficult words: demand (to ask strongly), rally (a big meeting of protesters), inherently (characteristically, typically).

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