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August 9, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Police opened fire Thursday night as thousands of Albanian refugees seeking to avoid deportation tried to break out of a soccer stadium where they were being held under guard. Bari hospital workers said three refugees had been brought in with gunshot wounds. Two were in serious condition. Ten policemen also were injured.
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October 15, 1997 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just before 11 each night, a convoy of police vans with flashing blue lights rolls into the Italian port of Brindisi and unloads a human cargo onto the gangplank of this triple-decker ferry. One by one, the outcasts board for the dreaded overnight voyage. They are Albanians forced homeward in an effort to reverse one of post-Cold War Europe's most desperate, volatile and troublesome migrations. "Why not just throw them all in the sea?"
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July 11, 1990 | From Associated Press
Thousands of Albanians seeking asylum in foreign embassies in Tirana will be ferried to Italy under an agreement being worked out between Albania and the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. "We hope the operation can begin by the end of the week," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in Rome. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Another source said it could begin as early as Thursday. A representative of U.N.
NEWS
August 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Italy has relented and allowed the last 1,000 of about 18,000 Albanian "boat people" to stay in the country while their cases are examined, officials said. Several hundred Albanians who had refused to leave a pier and a soccer stadium in the Adriatic port city of Bari were being transferred to cities around Italy. The decision marked the end of Italy's latest drama involving thousands of Albanians crossing the Adriatic Sea seeking jobs.
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January 13, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four of six restaurants in this small village drowsing in the mountains of northern Greece close for lunch. The dry goods store is well stocked with red plastic table lamps, umbrellas in three fluorescent colors and dusty Hula Hoops. But Filiates, Greece--population 4,000--might as well be Paris, for newcomer Vassiliki Dalani. Life tastes sweet here. "I had an apple at lunch," the 35-year-old farm worker marveled.
NEWS
December 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nearly 600 Albanians have braved machine-gun fire and waded through heavy snow and icy waters so far this month to flee to Greece, police said. The refugees, mostly ethnic Greeks from southern Albania, are fleeing the Communist country that was long Eastern Europe's most repressed and isolated state but which is due to hold multi-party elections in February.
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August 11, 1991 | Reuters
Police fired tear gas and Albanian refugees set fire to three cars Saturday in clashes that broke out as Italy pressed ahead with the repatriation of the refugees. The incidents erupted at a soccer stadium where about 4,000 of the more than 10,000 who fled to this southern port city aboard a freighter Thursday are being held. At the Bari dockside, several Albanians were injured when police charged in to push them away from food supplies.
NEWS
March 9, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alarmed and overwhelmed, the Italian government scrambled Friday to control and reverse an unruly influx of refugees fleeing the collapse of communism in destitute Albania. Ragged and hungry Albanians stalked the streets of the southern ferry port of Brindisi. They sought food and shelter in the nearby Adriatic cities of Bari, Otranto and Monopoli, humbling efforts by an unprepared and slow-moving bureaucracy to care for them.
NEWS
January 2, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Albania's Communist leader pledged in a New Year's message that the nation's first open election Feb. 10 will be "completely free and democratic, pluralist and secret." "I am confident that the year 1991 will mark a turning point," Ramiz Alia said on state radio Tuesday morning.
NEWS
July 6, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Albanian Foreign Ministry on Thursday promised to grant passports to the hundreds of Albanians who have sought refuge in foreign embassies in the Albania capital of Tirana in a desperate attempt to flee their Communist homeland. Hundreds of additional would-be refugees gathered outside at least 12 foreign embassies on Thursday, raising the number of asylum-seekers to about 600, diplomats said.
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August 13, 1991 | Associated Press
Police on Monday offered Albanian refugees $40 each and new clothes if they go home, but many of the hundreds of remaining refugees promised to fight rather than return to Europe's poorest country. Soldiers set up tables with new shirts, trousers, shoes and mineral water to persuade the refugees to leave. Officials said those agreeing to abandon Italy received $40 each. Last week, up to 18,000 refugees came to Italy in the third such exodus in the last year.
NEWS
August 12, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Act 3 in the heart-rending saga of Albanian refugees desperate for a better life limped to a climax in pathos, heat and violence at the southern Italian port of Bari on Sunday. But the curtain remains explosively open.
NEWS
August 11, 1991 | Reuters
Police fired tear gas and Albanian refugees set fire to three cars Saturday in clashes that broke out as Italy pressed ahead with the repatriation of the refugees. The incidents erupted at a soccer stadium where about 4,000 of the more than 10,000 who fled to this southern port city aboard a freighter Thursday are being held. At the Bari dockside, several Albanians were injured when police charged in to push them away from food supplies.
NEWS
August 10, 1991 | From Associated Press
Albanian refugees pelted police with rocks and bottles and made desperate dashes for freedom Friday as Italy began returning them to their impoverished homeland. Ferries and planes carrying more than 1,500 Albanians left this southern port on the 125-mile trip to the tiny Balkan nation, where reports said thousands of others were seeking passage abroad. Others were flown by military aircraft to Tirana, the Albanian capital.
NEWS
August 9, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Police opened fire Thursday night as thousands of Albanian refugees seeking to avoid deportation tried to break out of a soccer stadium where they were being held under guard. Bari hospital workers said three refugees had been brought in with gunshot wounds. Two were in serious condition. Ten policemen also were injured.
NEWS
August 8, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
At least 12 Albanians died trying to swim to ferries under gunfire from security forces in the Adriatic port of Durres to escape their impoverished nation, Albanian state television reported. They were among thousands who frantically tried to flee Albania in hopes of getting to Italy and Western prosperity, news reports said. A resident of Tirana, the capital, said many people drowned trying to reach craft anchored in the harbor.
NEWS
August 8, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
At least 12 Albanians died trying to swim to ferries under gunfire from security forces in the Adriatic port of Durres to escape their impoverished nation, Albanian state television reported. They were among thousands who frantically tried to flee Albania in hopes of getting to Italy and Western prosperity, news reports said. A resident of Tirana, the capital, said many people drowned trying to reach craft anchored in the harbor.
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | Associated Press
Police on Monday offered Albanian refugees $40 each and new clothes if they go home, but many of the hundreds of remaining refugees promised to fight rather than return to Europe's poorest country. Soldiers set up tables with new shirts, trousers, shoes and mineral water to persuade the refugees to leave. Officials said those agreeing to abandon Italy received $40 each. Last week, up to 18,000 refugees came to Italy in the third such exodus in the last year.
NEWS
March 11, 1991 | Associated Press
At least 1,500 Albanians sailed for home after frustrating days without food or shelter in Italy. About 18,000 Albanian refugees remained, hoping to avoid being deported. Police in this port city broke up several scuffles among men crowded on the docks, where many refugees slept in the rain over the weekend. A man who described himself as a leader of those returning said: "We did not find freedom and a friendly welcome, but the police on our arrival. We have been left without food for days."
NEWS
March 10, 1991 | From United Press International
Security forces took control of Albania's main port of Durres on Saturday after clashing with hundreds of Albanians packing the harbor in a bid to join an exodus of refugees to southern Italy, witnesses and official Tirana Radio said.
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