Albanian opposition leader Sali Berisha was punched in the face by a male bystander as he led a crowd of his party’s supporters to central Tirana on Tuesday for anti-government protests taking place at the same time as an EU summit in the city.
Thousands of opposition supporters had gathered in Tirana as Albania hosts its first EU-Balkans summit, attended by leaders of European Union member states, to protest against the administration of Prime Minister Edi Rama and demand early elections.
As Berisha, who leads the centre-right Democratic Party, walked in front of his supporters waving Albanian and EU flags, a man approached him and punched him in the face.
Berisha had blood on his face but he later addressed protesters in the main square as police in anti-riot gear looked on.
“Our nation is disappearing… Albania is in its worst existential danger in its history. We will save Albania,” Berisha told the crowd, pledging to halt the crime and poverty which are driving people to leave the country.
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By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter