Albanian police wielding batons and firing their weapons into the air clashed Wednesday in the capital Tirana with thousands of rock-throwing anti-communist protesters who rallied in support of a 2-week-old general strike, witnesses said.

Diplomats and Albanian journalists contacted by telephone said an unknown number of people were wounded in the violence in Tirana's main square that forced an adjournment of a session of the National Assembly.The Assembly had planned to discuss the strike by an estimated 350, 000 state enterprise workers that has idled industrial centers across the communist-ruled Balkan nation.