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.