Opposition supporters in Albania threw flares and torched a car tire outside the country’s parliament Tuesday in an attempt to block ruling lawmakers entering the building amid calls for the government to quit.
The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition claims the leftist government of Prime Minister Edi Rama is corrupt and has links to organized crime. Opposition lawmakers want the government to make way for a caretaker administration and call early elections.
Opposition leaders held brief speeches calling on Rama to resign and pledging to hold continuous rallies.
Police used tear gas to disperse protesters, led by Democrats leader Lulzim Basha, who tried to break through a cordon.