TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Clashes broke out in Tirana Wednesday during a protest by hundreds of Albanians over the fatal police shooting of a 25-year-old man who had breached a coronavirus-linked curfew.
Protesters, who defied a government ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people due to the pandemic, threw stones at police, the interior ministry, the Tirana city hall and the main government buildings.
They also tried to force their way into the ministry and the government complex that includes Prime Minister Edi Rama’s office, and police fired tear gas to disperse them.
Police spokesman Gentian Mullai told The Associated Press that nine officers were injured in the clashes. Parked police cars were also damaged. Media reports said a protester and a journalist were also injured.