Can politics exempt itself from protests where political demands are made?

Can politics exempt itself from protests where political demands are made?

By Edison Kurani

Albania holds elections every two years, sometimes local government elections and sometimes general elections. Around three million Albanians are called to vote in them. Some of them vote, some of them don’t. Some of them vote a party and some others vote a different party. As a result, we’re an integral part of politics and this is something that happens everywhere in the world.

So, why is politics being attacked so much? Why are they calling for politicians not to participate in these protests, while the protests themselves contain political demands and require political solutions?

Why are they demanding politicians to stay away from the protest?

On the other hand, dialogue with the government is being refused, although truth be told, some demands,  require political solutions. Such is the demand concerning the 5% of Gross Domestic Product which should be spent on education.

So, the long students’ protest has now entered a vicious circle. Now, university people no longer seem to have the edge.

A question naturally arises now: Should political representatives, be them from the majority or opposition, be excluded and despised, although it was these very people who are protesting today the ones elected them, knowing full well that a part of these politicians would govern them and the other part would criticize those who govern?

On the other hand, the Prime Minister too uses two different standards: He asks students to join him for a political solution, while on the other hand, he slams every attempt made by opposition politicians to become part of the protest.

This is also absurd. How could you target politicians while you’re a politician youself?

Under these circumstances, the opposition is frustrated.

Its representatives are afraid of doing the job that people have voted them to do; to support everyone who needs their voice to be heard. They’re afraid of going where the voice of the government is being refused.

The opposition is either afraid or does not have the ability to go to the protest and voice its ideas, projects and solutions which would take these students out of this vicious circle. What’s more, Rama has made it very clear that he will not deliver the demand concerning the 5%.

Therefore, protesters and Albanians can and must unite for their rights, because whether we want it or not, we’re all part of politics.