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December 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Genc Polo, spokesman of the five-day-old Democratic Party, said a surprise meeting with Prime Minister Adil Carcani was a hopeful sign that they would be allowed to work with the Communist authorities to quiet unrest. Rioting unleashed last week by promises of political reform has died down, but at least 157 people who were arrested await trial on charges such as illegal assembly, looting, attempted murder and assault.
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September 14, 1998 | From Associated Press
Protesters angry over the killing of an opposition leader set fire to Albania's main government building Sunday and sent the prime minister and his Cabinet fleeing in a hail of gunfire. One protester was killed and four guards of Prime Minister Fatos Nano were wounded as marchers and police traded gunfire. Clouds of smoke from burning cars rose over the center of Tirana, the capital.
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December 15, 1990 | From Associated Press
Troops moved into the central city of Elbasan to halt a mob of about 1,000 as Albania was rocked Friday by a second day of riots, an Albanian journalist said. The ATA journalist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the angry crowd stoned official buildings, "broke windows, looted food shops, set fire to different shops, cars and machinery." He added that "they destroyed everything in their way," and he indicated that local police had failed to stop the crowd.
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September 14, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Protesters angry over the killing of an opposition leader set fire to Albania's main government building and sent the prime minister and his Cabinet fleeing in a hail of gunfire. One protester was killed and four guards of Prime Minister Fatos Nano were wounded as marchers and police traded gunfire. Clouds of smoke from burning cars rose over the center of Tirana, the capital.
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March 27, 1989
About 1,000 ethnic Albanians stoned police in Yugoslavia's tense Kosovo province after a soccer match, Tanjug news agency reported. It said the crowd surged down the main street in the provincial capital, Pristina, 135 miles south of Belgrade, in the fourth day of protests against moves to limit the region's autonomy. The rioters dispersed and darted down side streets as paramilitary reinforcements raced to the scene.
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April 29, 1991 | From Associated Press
Two Albanians were burned to death when frustrated would-be refugees set fire to a train at the end of a day of rioting in three northern Albanian cities, news reports said Sunday. Albania's official ATA news agency said the rioting occurred Friday in the cities of Shengjin, Lezhe and Shkoder and was reported Saturday to the Parliament. The riots began after security forces prevented crowds of people from seizing ships in the port of Shengjin, ATA said.
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December 16, 1990 | From United Press International
Security forces Saturday maintained control of towns hit by anti-government rioting, and Albania's first independent political party sought permission from the Marxist regime to try to avert new unrest, party leaders said. There were no reports of fresh violence in the small Balkan nation. States of emergency remained in effect in at least five towns, and movement into and out of the towns was prohibited by the military and police, police sources said.
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February 24, 1991 | From Reuters
President Ramiz Alia of Albania on Saturday blamed enemies of the state for recurring political riots and defended the legacy of his hard-line predecessor, Enver Hoxha. In a speech broadcast by the official ATA news agency, Alia pledged to uphold law and order and said that instigators of riots in Tirana, the capital, and elsewhere would be punished. "We will not allow Albania to become a holocaust of the political ploys of various oppositions or the aims of external enemies," he said.
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July 4, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A pro-monarchy demonstration in Tirana, the capital, erupted into a firefight between royalists and police, fueling the volatile political climate that emerged from Sunday's parliamentary elections. State television reported two dead and five injured in the 15-minute shootout outside the Central Election Commission. Albania's would-be king, Leka, has alleged electoral fraud in a referendum, also held Sunday, on returning the monarchy to the nation.
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December 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
Albania said soldiers and police moved in to deal with hundreds of "hooligans" attacking officials and dynamiting buildings in a northern city Thursday, a day after Albania's first non-Communist party was founded. Official reports said attackers with knives and iron bars assaulted the local police chief and two other police officers in Shkodra. Order appeared to have been restored late Thursday, according to a radio journalist reached in Tirana, the capital of Albania.
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February 24, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Government forces regained control of the northern town of Shkoder from armed gangs that looted and burned public buildings in two days of rioting. The violence was the worst in the country since a revolt in early 1997 triggered by the collapse of nationwide pyramid schemes. It was sparked by protests in which demonstrators demanded the release of two men loyal to former President Sali Berisha, whom many Albanians blame for that debacle.
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July 4, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A pro-monarchy demonstration in Tirana, the capital, erupted into a firefight between royalists and police, fueling the volatile political climate that emerged from Sunday's parliamentary elections. State television reported two dead and five injured in the 15-minute shootout outside the Central Election Commission. Albania's would-be king, Leka, has alleged electoral fraud in a referendum, also held Sunday, on returning the monarchy to the nation.
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March 4, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Embattled President Sali Berisha was reelected Monday by an obedient parliament stacked with party faithful, while an emergency crackdown aimed at stopping fierce riots sent journalists and opposition politicians into hiding. With parts of this impoverished country awash in anarchy, Berisha posted police roadblocks on major highways, slapped censorship on news reports and imposed a nationwide curfew that transformed the capital into a ghost town after nightfall.
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March 3, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Facing growing anti-government unrest, parliament declared a state of emergency Sunday, allowing the army to be deployed to ensure public order and weapons to be used to protect public buildings and key roads. The country has been racked by riots and protests that have grown out of rage over the collapse of popular pyramid schemes.
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February 10, 1997 | From Associated Press
Uniformed men on Sunday beat an opposition leader who has criticized the government's handling of failed investment schemes, and they threatened others who were also at a cafe frequented by politicians and journalists.
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February 6, 1997 | From Associated Press
Police fired water cannons and plastic bullets Wednesday at thousands of Albanian protesters infuriated by the failure of another investment scheme that swallowed up their savings. Officers fired into the air from a police van as it cruised along a boulevard of this southern port city, and masked policemen beat one demonstrator until he lay bloody and motionless on the ground. Police also picked up stones hurled by the protesters and threw them back at the crowd. Many people were hit.
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February 24, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Government forces regained control of the northern town of Shkoder from armed gangs that looted and burned public buildings in two days of rioting. The violence was the worst in the country since a revolt in early 1997 triggered by the collapse of nationwide pyramid schemes. It was sparked by protests in which demonstrators demanded the release of two men loyal to former President Sali Berisha, whom many Albanians blame for that debacle.
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February 10, 1991 | From Associated Press
Thousands of people trying to flee Communist Albania clashed with police Saturday in the Adriatic port of Durres, witnesses and state television said. Four or five youths and five policemen were reported injured. The clashes broke out after police at a ferryboat terminal turned back thousands of frustrated travelers--mostly teen-agers--who lacked visas or tickets, said Frok Cupi, editor of the opposition newspaper Democratic Revival.
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December 8, 1991 | Associated Press
President Ramiz Alia on Saturday authorized the use of army troops to quell three days of food riots in northern Albania. In the capital of Tirana, police took almost complete control of bread distribution after a series of burglaries and attacks on bread trucks. Albania, emerging from more than 40 years of repressive Stalinist rule under former dictator Enver Hoxha, is Europe's neediest country. With winter setting in, it now relies almost exclusively on foreign aid to feed its 3.
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April 29, 1991 | From Associated Press
Two Albanians were burned to death when frustrated would-be refugees set fire to a train at the end of a day of rioting in three northern Albanian cities, news reports said Sunday. Albania's official ATA news agency said the rioting occurred Friday in the cities of Shengjin, Lezhe and Shkoder and was reported Saturday to the Parliament. The riots began after security forces prevented crowds of people from seizing ships in the port of Shengjin, ATA said.
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