Thousands protested on Monday in Albania's capital city Tirana against a left-wing government that they accuse of trying to take control of the judiciary.
President Ilir Meta, who organised the rally with the backing of the centre-right opposition, accused Prime Minister Edi Rama of trying to control the nomination of judges to the Constitutional Court.
Rama's government launched a vetting procedure in 2016 aimed at rooting out corrupt judges and boosting the rule of law -- as part of Albania's attempt to woo the European Union.
But Meta told the crowd Rama was "kidnapping" the court, adding: "This is not the rule of law but the power of those who want to control everything in a mafia-style manner."
"Rama, leave!" chanted the protesters who gathered at Tirana's main boulevard and waved the country's red flags featuring a black double-headed eagle.