Albania: Serious incidents in Tirana during a demonstration to save the National Theater

Albania: Serious incidents in Tirana during a demonstration to save the National Theater

Serious incidents took place in front of the National Theater of Tirana and the Ministry of the Interior, as protests took place against the Government’s decision to demolish the building of the National Theater built in 1930.

Protests were staged by the Alliance for the Theater on Monday afternoon and were attended by opposition leaders. Tensions were raised when Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha arrives, with some of the protesters calling for him to leave, while some called him traitor. This caused more tension and even brawls among some of the protesters, while the organizers called on those gathered not to provoke.

Meanwhile, two women citizens were injured during the protest, one of whom is a journalist, who was on duty and received first aid from the citizens.

One of the protesters threw firecrackers at the crowd, injuring two civilians. State police arrested a 49-year-old man who was the perpetrator of throwing firecrackers at the crowd.

Commenting on the protests, Prime Minister Edi Rama noted that nowadays everyone can protest and that it does not take courage to go to the square. He went on to say that the allegations of torture were fabrications, as no one was tortured./ibna