Leaders of the opposition Democratic Party announced on Wednesday, February 27, that a rally in Tirana planned for Thursday, February 28, has been canceled. The demonstration was postponed after parliament rescheduled its plenary session due to the planned protest. However, opposition leaders have confirmed that nationwide protests are still set to be held on Saturday, March 16. A significant police presence and localized traffic disruptions expected near all the protest sites. Specific details regarding the March 16 demonstrations have not been released as of February 28. Associated clashes between demonstrators and police cannot be ruled out.
Opposition supporters have held several demonstrations in Tirana in recent weeks outside of the parliament building to denounce perceived government corruption and demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama. Clashes between protesters and police were reported during a related demonstration in Tirana on February 16, with demonstrators throwing Molotov cocktails and attempting to storm the building that houses the office of Prime Minister Edi Rama (Kryeministria). At least 15 people were wounded. Demonstrations also took place outside parliament on February 21.
Individuals in Albania, particularly in Tirana, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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