Protesters Set Christmas Trees on Fire outside Albanian Interior Ministry

Albanian protesters have clashed with police and set fire to Christmas trees in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Tirana over the fatal police shooting of a 25-year-old man who had breached a COVID-19 curfew.

Albanian protesters have clashed with police and set fire to  Christmas trees in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Tirana over the fatal police shooting of a 25-year-old man who had breached a COVID-19 curfew.

Police were prompted to fire teargas to disperse the hundreds of protesters throwing rocks and trying to force their way into the ministry and the government complex.  

Police spokesman Gentian Mullai claimed that nine officers were injured in the clashes while some of their patrol mobiles were damaged. 

Apart from the policemen, a journalist and a protester were also injured during the protests.

The police had first said that Rasha failed to comply with an order to stop and that he had carried a weapon but later reiterated that statement and said he was carrying an object. 

Rasha’s family claimed that he was only out to buy cigarettes that night.

“We want to know why my brother was killed, why his blood remained at the house entrance,” said Rasha’s sister.

The interior ministry announced opening an investigation into the death of Rasha.

State prosecutors said that the police officer who shot Rasha has been arrested.

“The police officer did not act according to the law while using his firearm,” said the Croatian police force. 


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