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Albania: Protesters raid Democratic Party offices in Tirana

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Hundreds of protesters and supporters of former Albanian prime minister and president, Sali Berisha, raided the offices of the centre-right Democratic Party of Albania in Tirana on Saturday.

Protesters attempted to break their way into the building with tools while its occupants fought back with the help of a fire extinguisher, before entry points were eventually forced and the premises stormed.

Police responded to the incident by sending officers in riot gear and deploying tear gas, pepper spray and a water cannon against the protesters.

An internal power struggle in the country’s main opposition party has caused tensions to escalate, resulting in the raiding of the building.

Berisha, a co-founder of the Democratic Party, has recently made a comeback in an attempt to reclaim the leadership role within the party, a role currently officially held by former Tirana mayor Lulzim Basha.

In May 2021, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a set of sanctions on Berisha for “corrupt acts” that “undermined democracy in Albania.”

According to the Police, at least one person was injured in the incident.

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