OP-ED/Civil defiance is not opposition against the government

OP-ED/Civil defiance is not opposition against the government

This article has been written for Albanian Free Press newspaper and www.albanianfreepress.al

By Plator Nesturi

Opposition seems to be enjoying the defiance launched by women in Cerrik against PM Rama. The reason for this is that the opposition doesn’t seem to be offering anything else and it is not able to convince anyone. Therefore, the fact that people raise their concerns during the town halls that PM Rama is holding all over Albania, is being considered as the highest level of opposition making. But it’s the Prime Minister who is talking to people, although he feels that things are not going as well as the majority is making it seem. The opposition is not able to gather people in rallies, let alone talk about problems. Under these circumstances, Rama seems to have taken upon himself not only the role of the PM, but the opposition’s too, because he also criticizes certain sectors of his administration. However, his criticism does not go beyond local heads of departments. Senior ranking officials seem to be immune to criticism.

Opposition too is criticizing ministers, but nobody is following it. Not because of the excellent performance shown by the government, but the people don’t know who they can listen to.

It’s been a while now that a state of antagonism is dominating relations between political sides. If we hear the rhetoric used in the media and the speeches held in Parliament by its representatives, we can come to the conclusion that we’re a society with big divides where the situation is on the brink of explosion. But this is not happening. Although political accusations have grown in number, we have had no actions on the ground since the protests held by the opposition in the main boulevard of Tirana before the elections. Since the time of the tent, support for the opposition’s rallies seems to be on the decline, despite attempts being made to show a more aggressive approach. At the end of the day, numbers are very important during a protest and the lack of these numbers could not be compensated by scenarios of conflict.

Indifference and hesitation bear a very important message. However, the increase in the number of spectators of the political events, must not be interpreted as support for the way the majority is acting and managing the country. People are tired of seeing the same faces who are in opposition and do nothing else but invite their supporters and citizens to protest for causes which may be the right ones, but they quickly forget them once they come into power. The cycle is repeated and the same legal arguments will be repeated by today’s majority and tomorrow’s opposition.

Based on the good old saying “people deserve the government that they have”, we must also admit that we deserve this political class that we have. Whether we want it or not, we like both sides. This political class has found the necessary mechanisms not to leave power and we are powerless and unable to change it, because even the mechanism of vote seems insufficient in front of the Machiavelism of this political class. The votes are given for the party, but the working bees are appointed by the big bosses of each side. Under these circumstances, there will come a point when more and more people will feel like spectators and fewer and fewer will feel like citizens. So, even when people are suffering the consequences of abusiveness, unemployment and arrogance, they no longer trust anyone. Citizens withdraw, despite the calls to protest against the situation caused by the same political class. The most we may see is a spontaneous reaction, as it was the case with the citizens of Kukes or the discontent manifested during the meetings with the PM. In fact, this would be the only chance for them to react. But this does not represent the true spirit of opposition against a government and the opposition itself should not rejoice over this, because it is unable to do anything against this majority.

Note: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Albanian Free Press’ editorial policy