Three shot dead at anti-government protest in Albania

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Mark.
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Jan 21 2011 23:38
Three shot dead at anti-government protest in Albania

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE70K23A20110121

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TIRANA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Three men were shot dead as protesters battled police at an anti-government rally in the Albanian capital on Friday, in what Prime Minister Sali Berisha called an opposition attempt to foment a Tunisia-style uprising.

Supporters of the opposition Socialist Party, which refuses to accept the result of a 2009 election, protested outside Berisha's office against what they see as official corruption and electoral fraud.

Some pelted the building and police with stones, sticks and umbrellas. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets, water cannon and stun grenades. Smoke billowed from burning cars, some of them police vehicles.

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Alfred Gega, deputy director of Tirana's Military Hospital, told reporters three civilians had died, one with a gunshot wound to the head and the other two with bullet wounds to the chest from close range.

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

Protestors packed the main boulevard. Witnesses estimated the crowd size at around 20,000; the opposition reported there were more than 10 times as many.

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After about three hours of clashes police in riot gear dispersed the crowd and took control of the boulevard. Live television pictures showed police chasing stray lone protesters and beating them with truncheons...

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Jan 26 2011 11:08

I'm surpised this is not getting more attention. Mant tens of thousands were involved in coming out on the streets and the situation seems to be ongoing, in a Tunisia-style situation. Yet there is virtually no news on these events.

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Jan 26 2011 12:38
Battlescarred wrote:
I'm surpised this is not getting more attention. Mant tens of thousands were involved in coming out on the streets and the situation seems to be ongoing, in a Tunisia-style situation. Yet there is virtually no news on these events.

Well the current incumbent - Sali Berisha and his Democratic Party - welcomed George W. Bush to Alabania in 2007 and successfully brought Albania into NATO on 1 April 2009.