Protesters burn Serbian flags in rally called by former DP leader Sali Berisha

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Protesters managed to climb on an electric pole and tear down Serbian flags hanged on the capital’s main boulevard as third Open Balkan meeting convened in Tirana.

Demonstrators swarmed the main boulevard after ex-PM Sali Berisha, also one of the main founders of the Albanian Democratic Party, called for a nationwide rally to condemn the Open Balkan initiative.

Initially, they gathered in front of the party’s headquarters chanting slogans against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic as well demanding from Lulzim Basha, the current leader of the Democratic Party to step down.

Vucic is on an official visit to Tirana as part of the Open Balkan initiative signed between Serbia, Albania, and North Macedonia to facilitate the movement of capital, goods, services, and peoples of the region’s some 12 million inhabitants.

The State Police deployed around 1,000 officers to control potential rowdy protesters and according to an official statement released to the media to have detained “several protesters”.

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