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Activists protest against waste dumping in Albania

Published 01/10/2016

Protesters in front of the main government offices in Tirana (AP)
Protesters in front of the main government offices in Tirana (AP)

Hundreds of Albanian activists have held a protest in Tirana, the national capital, against a law allowing the import of rubbish from foreign countries for recycling.

Holding placards, protesters who fear their country would turn into a dumping ground, gathered Saturday outside the main government offices.

Last month the parliament passed a law on importing rubbish. That law initially was passed by the previous conservative government in 2011, and overturned by the current left-wing coalition in 2013 when it came to power.

Now the coalition government has done an about-face and reinstated the law with some amendments.

The government supports the recycling of non-hazardous waste, saying it is in line with European Union standards.

Albania is hoping to launch EU membership talks.

AP

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