Saturday 25 February 2017

Three shot dead in Albania as protesters clash with police

Benet Koleka in Tirana

A demonstrator covered in blood gestures to police during an anti-government protest in Tirana, Albania,
yesterday. Photo: ARBEN CELI/REUTERS
A demonstrator covered in blood gestures to police during an anti-government protest in Tirana, Albania, yesterday. Photo: ARBEN CELI/REUTERS

Three people were shot dead as protesters fought police outside Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha's office yesterday during a rally to demand the government resigns over corruption allegations.

"Unfortunately, three of the civilians have died," Alfred Gega, the deputy director of Tirana's Military Hospital, said. One had a gunshot wound to the head, the two others had shot wounds to the chest from close range, he said.

Some 33 protesters and 17 policemen were wounded. A civilian and a policeman were in a critical condition, Mr Gega added.

After three hours of clashes police in riot gear dispersed the 20,000-strong crowd and took control of the city.

Live television pictures showed police chasing stray lone protesters and beating them with truncheons.

Irish Independent

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