Albanian opposition parties on Saturday rallied in Tirana, calling for the government’s resignation and an early parliamentary election.

Thousands of opposition supporters from around the country showed up at Tirana’s main Martyrs of the Nation boulevard holding anti-government posters and slogans, throwing flares, firecrackers and other projectiles at police.

Protesters broke through the police cordon at the main entrance of the government building, but did not try to open its doors. Police refrained from using tear gas at the government building but used it when demonstrators tried to push them at the parliament building.

Protester hold flares as they take part in an anti-government protest in the capital Tirana, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Protester hold flares as they take part in an anti-government protest in the capital Tirana, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Scores of protesters stayed at the building stairs, shouting slogans against the prime minister.

The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition accuses the leftist Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Edi Rama of being corrupt and linked to organized crime, which the government denies.

The leader of the Democrats, Lulzim Basha, called for “an immediate political rotation,” asking for a transitory Cabinet without Rama and demanding that an early election be held.

Protesters take part in an anti-government protest in Tirana, Albania, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Albanian opposition parties have returned to the streets for the first time since mid-February calling for the government's resignation and an early election, as the center-right opposition accuses the leftist Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Edi Rama of corruption and links to organized crime, which the government denies. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Protesters take part in an anti-government protest in Tirana, Albania, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Albanian opposition parties have returned to the streets for the first time since mid-February calling for the government’s resignation and an early election, as the center-right opposition accuses the leftist Socialist Party government of Prime Minister Edi Rama of corruption and links to organized crime, which the government denies. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Basha urged supporters to keep up daily protests.

In previous protests since mid-February, opposition supporters have repeatedly tried to enter the parliament or government buildings and police have responded with tear gas and water cannon.

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A police officer kicks away a flare thrown by protesters during an anti-government protest in the capital Tirana, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
A police officer kicks away a flare thrown by protesters during an anti-government protest in the capital Tirana, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
A woman pushes a baby stroller alongside a police formation ahead of an anti-government protest in the capital Tirana, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
A woman pushes a baby stroller alongside a police formation ahead of an anti-government protest in the capital Tirana, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
A protester blows a horn as he gestures, during an anti-government protest in the capital Tirana, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
A protester blows a horn as he gestures, during an anti-government protest in the capital Tirana, Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)