Albania swept by police violence
Monday 10 February 1997
Faced with demonstrations across the country at the weekend, the security forces beat protesters and carried out mass arrests. In Vlore, where demonstrators and police clashed, one man had a heart attack and another was critically injured as protesters pelted the police station with stones. During other protests, police and plainclothes security police targeted Albanian journalists working for the foreign media, beating and kicking a number of them and confiscating notebooks and camera equipment.
Three men claiming to be members of the special security forces barged into the offices of the Reuters agency to demand television footage of protests. They were eventually persuaded to leave empty-handed. The most overt use of force was evident in the southern town of Fier, where protesters were clubbed and kicked by police on the streets.
In the capital, Tirana, the opposition tried for the third time in four weeks to protest in Skanderbeg Square, in the centre of the city. Their demonstrations were broken up by force and several prominent politicians arrested.
- 1 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 2 Google April Fools': company unveils backwards search engine and huggable digital assistant
- 3 I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts
- 4 April Fools' Day 2015: The best hoax news stories from around the internet
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Katie Hopkins reported to the police for race hatred by Labour MP Simon Danczuk after tweet about Pakistani men
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working closely with the market...
£20000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A reputable company, famed for ...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...