Anti-government protests will take place in central Tirana starting at 09:30 (local time) on Thursday, March 21, to demand fresh elections and call for the departure of Prime Minister Edi Rama. A significant police presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in central Tirana throughout the day. Associated clashes between demonstrators and police cannot be ruled out. Further protests are possible in Tirana and other urban centers across the country over the near term.
Opposition supporters have held several demonstrations in Tirana in recent weeks outside of the parliament building to denounce perceived government corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama. Security forces have fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse demonstrators in recent weeks. Clashes between protesters and police were reported during a related demonstration in Tirana on March 16.
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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