August 13, 1991 |
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.
August 12, 1991 |
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.
August 11, 1991 |
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.
August 10, 1991 |
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.
August 9, 1991 |
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.
August 8, 1991 |
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.