Albanian opposition holds anti-gov't demonstration

January 28, 2011 15:43


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TIRANA, Albania — Hundreds of police deployed in central Tirana before a planned anti-government demonstration to honor three opposition supporters shot dead during protests a week ago that turned violent.

The police have said they consider the demonstration to be a threat to national security and said they cannot guarantee protesters' safety.

More than 150 protesters and security officers were injured in last week's deadly clashes at a rally by former Tirana mayor Edi Rama's opposition Socialist party, but he has rebuffed requests to cancel Friday's rally, saying the demonstration will be a peaceful candlelight march.

The opposition is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Sali Berisha's government for alleged corruption following months of simmering tensions over disputed national elections.

Berisha said Albanians' right to protested would by respected, but warned Rama not to try to overthrow the government, or "he will face consequences he cannot imagine."

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