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18 Jun 2019 | 07:35 AM UTC

Albania: Opposition party calls for protest in Tirana June 21 /update 17

Albania News Alert

Democratic Party (DP) calls for further protests in Tirana on June 21 after President Meta cancels June 30 elections; heightened security measures expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 6/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Tirane). COUNTRY/REGION Tirana

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Event

The opposition Democratic Party (DP) is planning to hold another rally in the capital Tirana on Friday, June 21. Opposition supporters are calling for Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign and for the creation of a transitional government to oversee new elections. The demonstration is expected to take place at Mother Teresa Square; protesters may also gather outside the parliament building. Heightened security measures and traffic disruptions are expected around all demonstrations. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out and similar protests are possible in the capital over the coming days and weeks.

Context

President Ilir Meta canceled the upcoming June 30 local elections on Saturday, June 8, citing ongoing opposition-led protests as not allowing for a "representative and inclusive elections." Protests on June 8 turned violent after sunset as protesters near the parliament building lit fireworks and threw flares at riot police who used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Opposition leaders have been holding regular demonstrations in Tirana in recent months to demand fresh elections and Prime Minister Rama’s resignation. Rama and his party have been accused of manipulating the results of the 2017 parliamentary elections, corruption, and having links to organized crime.

Advice

Individuals in Albania, particularly in Tirana, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions near protest sites, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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