Dade: Protests are healthy, but not like the one Berisha is holding
Dade: There exists a category of politicians who survive in politics through destabilization, populism, fake nationalism and the language of hate
Dade: The tent in the boulevard has been set up at the same location where Berisha ordered the killing of innocent people on 21 January
In all likelihood, as it has been declaredby democrat MPs Bumci and Islami, the DP’s protest will not stop. Today, the DP’s protest has entered its tenth day. On the seventh day of this protest, the leader of this party, Basha, in the heat of the moment, declared in front of his supporters: “We will sing songs, they will throw stones! We will sing songs and act peacefully, they make people redundant and threaten them! Thoma Gellci, you scum of the earth! We will drag you from the Albanian Public TV building! Your hour is coming! The hour of everyone who abuses with Albanian people is coming! If you want war, then war we will make…”. According to many media analysts, Basha’s language “was mere emotional language, because the protest is not yielding results”. Given the recent developments, one of the most renowned DP lawmakers, Mr. Kastriot Islami says that “this is a civil protest against the problems that bad governance is causing to people. It is a peaceful protest and it will continue until Rama leaves the post of PM and an interim government is formed”.
In the light of these new developments, socialist MP, Arta Dada doesn’t share the same opinion. She says that in this protest “there is a category of politicians who survive through destabilization, populism, fake nationalism and the language of hate”.
According to Dade, this gridlock is solved in parliament, where the amendments of the electoral law are being discussed.
–The DP’s protest is now entering the 10th day. This is a protest that was never thought that it was going to last this long, but now it is not known when it will end. How would you consider this protest? According to Mr. Islami, this protest will not end unless an interim government with Rama is formed. What’s your input on this?
Protests are democratic instruments which improve democracy in a democratic country, when they serve to the consolidation of democracy and the democratic functioning of institutions. They help majorities to be careful and the public opinion and the citizens raise the alarm for more economic rights or other key issues that have an impact on their daily lives. It seems that the protest that was called by Sali Berisha, beyond the number of participants (as Berisha has put it) from Albanian speaking regions who do not vote in Albania, is an instrument that Berisha is using to prevent the finalization of the Judicial Reform and the vetting process. More than anyone else, he fears independent and professional justice, which will put an end to the culture of impunity.
Secondly, the tent in the boulevard, where Berisha ordered the killing of innocent people on 21 January (6 years ago), is struggling to insist that this protest is resisting and it has a massive support, but we can all see that this is not the case and that this protest is being used as an alibi for the defeat in the June parliamentary elections. This will mark the fourth defeat in a row for Berisha’s DP. After losing power, this party should have dealt with itself to prepare the allies for the next political action and it should have distanced itself from corruption and abuse of power, the state crimes taken place in Gerdec and on 21 January, from bargaining with the territorial integrity, etc, etc.
– How can this gridlock be solved?
In parliament, where the amendments for the electoral law are being discussed. The fact that the opposition is preventing the finalization of the amendments of the electoral law, is a clear indicator of the fear that this political force is feeling from the defeat in the upcoming elections.
-Is this situation is having a bad impact on Albania’s image? How would you comment Basha’s calls “Your hour is coming! The hour of everyone who abuses with Albanians is coming! If you want war, then war we will make…”?
Albania needs stability in order to deliver the EU integration reforms, but also to continue our role in the regional context, because everywhere we look, we see attempts of destabilization. There exists a category of politicians who survive in politics through destabilization, populism, fake nationalism and language of hate. There’s no doubt in my mind that citizens reject this way of making politics.