Tirana police used tear gas to disperse thousands of opposition protesters who tried to invade parliament as lawmakers from the ruling party met.
The sudden announcement by the Speaker of the Parliament for the holding of a body meeting today, which was to take place last Thursday but was postponed due to the tense atmosphere created by the demonstrations in front of the parliament, provoked a strong reaction from the opposition, which called on them her followers in a new demonstration outside Parliament.
Thousands of people responded to the call and surrounded the Parliament building, which was guarded by strong police forces. The protesters first tried to prevent the ruling party MPs from entering Parliament and then tried to break the police cordon which used extensive tear gas to repel them.
Opposition leaders have called the parliament illegal and have reiterated their demand for the resignation of the Rama government, which has demanded that it leave the country.
The leader of the official opposition, Lioulezim Basha, called on the police to enter the Parliament and arrest the criminals, as he described them, as government deputies, "before the people do it".
The atmosphere in front of the parliament building remained tense until the evening while inside the deputies continued the meeting with Prime Minister Rama participating in a party rally in the city of Luznia.