On 28 February 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Tirana issued a Demonstration Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tirana, Albania:

  • Deshmoret e Kombit Boulevard

“Event: A political rally is expected to take place on March 2, 2020 beginning around 5:00 p.m. The duration of the expected rally is unknown. Past demonstrations have included violence. Security forces have used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds.”