This chapter focuses on the revolt against Democratic Party (DP) rule in Albania. On January 23, 1997, the Albanian police arrested Rrapush Xhaferri and more than one hundred others connected with the pyramid schemes. However, Lushnje residents protested, demanding Xhaferri’s release. When Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and DP head Tritan Shehu went to Lushnje, an angry mob attacked him and his police escorts. This chapter examines the spread of violence to other parts of Albania’s southern region; the efforts by police and secret police to crack down on demonstrators; the emergence of an anti-Berisha alliance called the Forum for Democracy; and President Sali Berisha’s response to the protests.
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