One policeman and a protester were injured and several others were arrested, police said, while government officials used tear gas and water cannons to stop the protest.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
At least one police officer and protester were injured and several others were arrested, police said on Saturday. The protests were later dispersed.
The protesters were supporters of former president and prime minister, Sali Berisha, who was expelled from the party last year after Washington was barred from entering the United States for corruption.
Last May, Secretary of State of the United States Antony Blinken accused Berisha of corruption during his 2005-13 prime minister term and used his “power to his advantage and to enrich his political friends and relatives”, Berisha has denied. .
Berisha, 77, is trying to oust Democrats leader Lulzim Basha, who is accused of being the “deputy” of Prime Minister Edi Rama of the left Socialist Party.
During Saturday’s riots, Berisha’s followers used a hammer to smash the newly installed metal doors into offices and throw a ladder to reach the second floor.
Police said in a statement that they were forced to intervene “by a group of lawmakers within the Democratic Party who asked for police assistance because lives were at stake”.
Local reporters said people inside the house tried to prevent the protesters from entering the fire station before police arrived.
“The war will continue … we see the party house as our home and we will free our house,” Berisha said, speaking shortly after he was stopped from approaching the house by police who used pepper spray against him and his supporters.
‘I’m deeply moved’
Yuri Kim, the US ambassador to Albania, said Washington was “deeply concerned” by the controversy surrounding the Democratic Party’s headquarters.
“We urge the protesters to refrain from violence and to be patient. Those who cause violence or break the law will be held accountable, ”Kim said on television.
Meanwhile, the EU delegation to Albania called on all stakeholders to “exercise self-control and self-control”.
The European Union Delegation condemns the recent violence and calls on all concerned to remain calm and restrained. There should be no place for political violence. 1/3
– EU to Albania (@EUinAlbania) January 8, 2022
“There should be no place for political violence,” he wrote on Twitter.
“The process of EU integration into Albania requires strong opposition which helps to reform the country, in response to the desire of the Albanian people who are keen to see Albania join the EU,” the office added.