US urges Albania opposition to act peacefully at rally

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  • Protesters burn tyres outside the parliament building during an anti-government rally , in Tirana , Albania, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Albania's opposition holds a rally calling for a new parliamentary election and accusing the government of corruption and links to organized crime. (AP Photo/ Hektor Pustina)

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    A protester who is covered with an Albanian flag holds a US in front of Albanian policemen guarding the parliament building as opposition supporters take part in an anti-government rally , in Tirana , Albania, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Albania's opposition holds a rally calling for a new parliamentary election and accusing the government of corruption and links to organized crime. (AP Photo/ Hektor Pustina)

  • Protesters burn tyres outside the parliament building during an anti-government rally , in Tirana , Albania, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Albania's opposition holds a rally calling for a new parliamentary election and accusing the government of corruption and links to organized crime. (AP Photo/ Hektor Pustina)

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    A protester who is covered with an Albanian flag holds a US in front of Albanian policemen guarding the parliament building as opposition supporters take part in an anti-government rally , in Tirana , Albania, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Albania's opposition holds a rally calling for a new parliamentary election and accusing the government of corruption and links to organized crime. (AP Photo/ Hektor Pustina)

TIRANA, Albania (AP) The United States has warned Albania's opposition against using or inciting violence at a rally this weekend.

The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition is holding a rally on Saturday to demand the government's resignation and is accusing the Cabinet of corruption.

Opposition lawmakers, who have relinquished their seats in parliament, have rejected calls for dialogue from Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama and from the U.S. and European Union.

In a statement Friday, the U.S. embassy said the opposition has "relinquished their obligations."

Recent rallies have turned violent, with police deploying tear gas.

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