Ten­sion mounts af­ter pro­tester deaths

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

A po­lit­i­cal cri­sis es­ca­lated in Al­ba­nia on Satur­day as the govern­ment and the op­po­si­tion traded blame for the deaths of three pro­test­ers dur­ing a vi­o­lent demon­stra­tion the night be­fore against an ad­min­is­tra­tion ac­cused of deeply rooted cor­rup­tion.

The pros­e­cu­tor gen­eral’s of­fice said ar­rest war­rants had been is­sued for six of­fi­cers of the Na­tional Guard, army troops un­der In­te­rior Min­istry com­mand who guard govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions and se­nior of­fi­cials.

Ten­sions have been mount­ing for months be­tween Al­ba­nia’s con­ser­va­tive govern­ment and the main op­po­si­tion So­cial­ist Party.

They rose sharply last week when Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Ilir Meta re­signed af­ter a pri­vate TV sta­tion aired a video that it said showed him ask­ing a col­league to in­flu­ence the award­ing of a con­tract to build a power sta­tion.

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