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May 19, 2020

Albanian artists protest demolition of historic Italian-designed theater

  • A modern $32.4 million theater will be built in its place.
    Associated Press

    TIRANA, Albania — Albanian artists and opposition party supporters gathered for a second day Monday to protest authorities' demolition of the crumbling National Theater building in the capital, which has triggered strong political tension amid a major heritage debate.

    Defying a lockdown ban on mass gatherings, a few thousand people gathered near the Interior Ministry, close to the site of the building, to support the artists in their protest against Prime Minister Edi Rama's center-left government.

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