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Albania protests: Petrol bombs hurled at PM’s office

TIRANA: Thousands of Albanians have been protesting against Prime Minister Edi Rama, with some throwing petrol bombs at his office.

For the last three months, there have been anti-government demonstrations in Albania. Mr Rama faces allegations of electoral fraud and corruption.

Opposition leader Lulzim Basha urged crowds to continue protests until Mr Rama steps down from power.

Albania’s center-right opposition parties kept demonstrations calling for the resignation of the left-wing government going Sunday after some protesters and police clashed in the capital of Tirana the night before.

Leaders of the country’s Democratic Party-led opposition decided to reconvene to object to the arrest of a senior party official during Saturday’s anti-government protest. They are trying to organize nationwide rallies for Monday.

“Barbarous violence against hundreds of protesters … will get tomorrow the proportional response from the united and determined people,” Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha told hundreds of supporters in front of the Tirana city police department.

The opposition accuses the Cabinet of Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama of being corrupt and linked to organized crime, which the government denies.

Rama denounced the behavior of protesters who showered police officers and the national government building with Molotov cocktails, firecrackers and hard objects on Saturday and said “Albania is damaged.”

Police responded with tear gas and water cannons. Both protesters and officers were injured.