Albanians boycott the international festival of poetry in Struga

Albanians boycott the international festival of poetry in Struga

Skopje, August 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Albanians are boycotting the international poetry festival known as “Poetry Nights of Struga”. The decision for the boycott of this traditional activity organized by the Ministry of Culture in FYROM, has been taken by the commune of Struga.

The mayor of Struga, Ziadin Sela declared that the decision for the boycott comes as a result of the fact that the Albanian language has been avoided.

“This is an important cultural international event, but I will not allow people who have problems with their identity to humiliate us. This activity will be boycotted by the commune of Struga and by me as mayor, given that the use of the Albanian language is not respected. It’s absurd for all the languages of the world to be spoken here, at a time when the language of this city, the Albanian language is not respected”, said the mayor of Struga, Ziadin Sela.

Leaflets have been distributed in the recent days in the city of Struga in Macedonian and English, with information on the event, but the Albanian language was avoided.

Mayor of Struga calls on the Albanian party in power, BDI (Democratic Union for Integration) to raise its voice against these injustices.

Poetry nights of Struga will be held from August 21 to August 26. /ibna/