Students protesters throw eggs at Albanian prime minister

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 2, 2015 17:23

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  • Eight protesters been detained, including three activists from Kosovo.

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Security officials tackle one of the protesters to the ground. (Photo: YouTube video grab).

Security officials tackle one of the protesters to the ground. (Photo: YouTube video grab).

TIRANA, Nov. 2 – University of Tirana student protesters threw eggs and chanted angry slogans at Prime Minister Edi Rama as he left a meeting on campus Monday.

The eggs did not touch the prime minister, landing on his vehicle instead.

The public university students are part of a movement advocating against a new higher education law that makes it more expensive for them to attend school.

The mostly female group of students could be heard yelling “thief, thief,” “charlatan,” and “shame on you,” as they hurled the eggs.

Eight protesters were detained, including three activists from Kosovo.

Police said in an official statement the students had not been mistreated, despite claims on social media by the student group that their members had been forcefully detained.

In one video posted online, a police officer in civilian clothes is seen slapping one of the protesters. Another protester is seen to be forcefully thrown to the ground by security officials.

This sort of protest against high officials is unusual in Albania.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times November 2, 2015 17:23