IBNA Op-Ed/Democracy is fed with activism

IBNA Op-Ed/Democracy is fed with activism

By Alisa Hasani

The perception of active citizenship in Kosovo remains one of the other mysterious conceptions of our society. Active citizenship relates to public issues, changes in the community, welfare and never with selfish ambitions. Unfortunately, this concept is not common-sense for our society and the methods of political involvement have been misunderstood. Parliament can be a state institution, but it must not be forgotten that protests and demonstrations are democratic institutions, which in a way are there not to allow parliament to deviate the scope of its existence-representation and the achievement of COLLECTIVE INTEREST.

These two, parliament and protests, complement each other in the consolidation of democracy and as a result, in a democratic country, none excludes the other. The role of parliament in Kosovo has been initially misunderstood by MPs themselves and then by the citizens, who had accepted the violation of the collective interest as a normal process. The elimination of active citizenship as a method to stop evil is what such criminalized system requires and this is achieved in different forms.  Once the protests are not a form of democratic states (although Kosovo is far from being a democratic country due to the fact that it oppresses democratic protests), then the products of this system try to minimize its role through arithmetic terms, by saying that the small number of protestors shows how legitimate the protest was.

The number doesn’t define (in)justice of the case. The power has the numbers in parliament, but their number doesn’t reflect rational thought, considering the decisions taken there by the majority. Therefore, given that there are many indicators of the small number of protestors, including the media propaganda organized by the power, the number is excluded from being a legitimate indicator of the issue.

There are others who say that the people are tired. This is the contradiction of their discourse. If we refer to the logic, physics shows that bodies get tired when they work, given that they release energies, but when bodies are in a state of inertia, then they cannot feel tired. Therefore, if there are a few protestors, the possibility of feeling tired is not real. Our society has adapted a passive and illusionary activism and has misunderstood the methods of activism.  Most activism that we encounter today is on social networks, online portals and newspapers, whereby the impact is zero. Today, the revolt is expressed through the lines of statuses or articles, thus remaining indifferent and passive toward concrete actions. The expression of revolt must not be a scope, but a means of change. The revolt which doesn’t turn into a project for crucial changes, remains on the level of self-discharge, where anger stemming as a result of external injustices, temporarily leaves in order to be able to feel calmer, but as soon as we have the feeling of discharge and achieve a momentary calmness, then the attempt for a long term change and radical change ceases.

Today, the miserable state shows that parliament has turned into a scope (to win power) and not a means for a common good. As a result, protests today are more than necessary. This calmness is sad. /ibna/