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Opposition protest, Washington Post: Thousands of supporters rose against corruption

Opposition protest, Washington Post: Thousands of supporters rose against

Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters held an anti-government protest on Tuesday, accusing the government cabinet of corruption.

Protesters threw stones and flares at the police. Some tore down an iron fence around the main government building in the capital. The protest, which ended peacefully, also marked 33 years since the fall of the main statue of the late communist dictator of the country, Enver Hoxha.

Since October, opposition lawmakers have regularly disrupted parliament sessions to protest the ruling left-wing Socialists' refusal to establish parliamentary commissions to investigate alleged corruption cases involving Prime Minister Edi Rama and other top officials. .

Tuesday's protest also showed support for former prime minister and current opposition leader Sali Berisha, who is under house arrest while being investigated for abusing his position to help his son-in-law privatize public land to build residential buildings.

Speaking from his apartment and broadcast live on the rally's screens, Berisha accused Rama of corruption and political attack on his family. He vowed to reopen "the doors of integration into the European Union, which the regime of Edi Rama has closed".

Not all opposition groups joined the protest. Supporters of a splinter Democratic Party wing that did not attend, after accusing Berisha of holding the protest for personal gain and as a way to increase the number of his supporters. Washington Post

 

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