EOS Alerts 5-3-2019
Albania: US Embassy Issues Demonstration Alert
On 5 March, the opposition Democratic Party of Albania is planning to hold a protest in front of the parliament building in Tirana starting from 1000 LT, despite Albania's police forces decision to ban demonstrations due to security concerns.
On 4 March, the US Embassy in Tirana issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania: Parliament Building, Prime Minister’s Office, Other government buildings. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place when the Albanian Parliament is in session. Exact dates are unknown, but demonstrations may occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The group intends to demonstrate against the Albanian government. The duration of the expected demonstrations is unknown. Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas during recent protests. U.S. Embassy personnel and family members are directed to avoid all gathering points and locations where demonstrations are imminent or ongoing.”