VIENNA, DEC. 14 -- For the second time in as many days, troops reportedly moved into an Albanian city today to quell rioting. The upheaval came as Albania's hard-line Communist government began granting some freedoms.

An Albanian journalist said the soldiers moved into Elbasan, Albania's main industrial city, to stop 1,000 people who "destroyed everything in their way."

{Reuter reported that tanks had been deployed to counter the riots.}

The editor of the state-run Albanian news agency, ATA, said that by nightfall soldiers had controlled the violence in Elbasan, 20 miles southeast of the capital.

Earlier today in Tirana, the capital, Communist President Ramiz Alia met with leaders of Albania's first noncommunist political party as both sides appealed for calm and a halt to unrest in provincial cities.

Albania's official newspapers published today a statement by the new opposition Democratic Party of Albania condemning civil violence Thursday in a northern city as an obstacle to democratic change.

{"We are a poor country. If they destroy what we have they are losers," party founder and Tirana University economist Gramoz Pashko told Reuters.}

"They broke windows, looted food shops, put fire to different shops, cars and machinery," the ATA editor said of the angry crowd in Elbasan today.

"They destroyed everything in their way," he added, indicating local police had failed to stop the angry crowd.

The ATA journalist, who did not give his name, said he had no reports of injuries in Elbasan, a city of 80,000 people with a giant steel mill.

Ten people were injured and 30 were arrested in violent clashes in the northern Albanian city of Shkoder on Thursday, Albanian media reported. An intellectual in Tirana reported peaceful protests in the southern Albanian town of Saranda on the Adriatic coast.

In its published statement today, the new political party asked Albanians to show "that we are a civilized nation."

The party's appeal for calm also was broadcast Thursday evening on state television. Observers were surprised that the hard-line Communist government of the isolated country was willing to give the new party access to the official press.

The party was founded only Wednesday after the ruling Communist Party agreed to allow alternative parties. The Democrats have supported Alia in his struggle with Communist hard-liners over his efforts to introduce political change. The new party has vowed to run candidates in legislative elections scheduled for February.

The motive for the violence today in Elbasan and Thursday in Shkoder was not immediately clear. Although it comes as the government is granting some concessions to groups demanding democracy, it is not known what the rioters are demanding.

In Shkoder, hundreds of "hooligans" attacked officials and buildings, wounding the local police chief and two other officers, official reports said.

The reports said the attackers were armed with knives and iron bars and used dynamite in attacks on Communist Party and government buildings in the town. They also ransacked the local radio station.

Journalists reached in Tirana said at least 1,000 citizens also took to the streets in an effort to stop the violence. A reporter with ATA said 30 people were detained.