Tirana, February 17, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Edison Kurani
In Albania, February 20 symbolizes the overthrow of communist dictatorship and has been decided by the right wing opposition as a day of national protest against the left wing majority.
The leader of Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha has launched a tour throughout Albania, where he invites people to participate in a demonstration which will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 2 pm at “Scanderbeg” square.
This is the first national protest of the opposition since the defeat in the June 23 elections.
The head of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha who’s also the mayor of Tirana, says that February 20th is “the biggest day for the Albanian youth, which doesn’t accept deceit, poverty and arbitrariness”.
February 20th choice
On February 20, 23 years ago, around midday, some thousand Albanians had gathered in “Scanderbeg” square, in front of the gigantic statue of Enver Hoxha, the man who led the country for 41 years through a dictatorship communist regime.
Angered about poverty and lack of freedom, many people approached the monument and after they tied it up with ropes, pulled it with a lorry until they took it down. Rejoiced over this, they removed the monument out of the capital. At that time, Ramiz Alia was head of the state, successor to Enver Hoxha.
Rajmonda Bulku, renowned actress, was one of the protagonists of February 20. She remembers that day, when along with many other artists, they decided to support the students who had started a hunger strike. “They demanded freedom and everything that was heard in those difficult days was “Freedom-Democracy”. Today, after so many years, those words do not weigh that much, but in those cold days of February, they weighed a lot and kept an entire nation on its feet”.
This event marked the end of dictatorship. The government was forced to declare free and pluralist elections.
The actress, who then became MP, says that what happened on February 20, opened a European perspective for Albania and above all, “we’re a country where we can freely express our thoughts and where we hold free elections”.
DP calls for massive participation
Basha says that DP is the “house of freedom for Albanian people”. Stopping on the protest which has been warned, Basha says that “on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the overthrow of the monument of Enver Hoxha, the symbol of dictatorship, oppression, isolation and deceit, we have called in Tirana the biggest march of people against the deceits and failures of Edi Rama and Ilir Meta”.
“We must all gather to prove that the dignity and pride that raised on its feet the people of Tirana and the entire Albania 23 years ago, are not sleeping, they are awake, more vital than ever. They are a guarantee that nobody can play with the people, that the people cannot endure lies”, says the leader of opposition.
Albanian Timoshenko: Parliament will go back to the people
Democrat MP, Mesila Doda, who is being labeled within opposition as “Albanian Timoshenko” has called for massive protests on February 20. Doda believes that “parliament will go back to the people” and adds: “In today’s circumstances, when parliament is being desecrated on a daily basis by the presence of crime, where people hear how theft and impoverishment happen, how tens of administration workers are thrown on the street and replaced with militants, how promises for free legalization, free health service, better education were mere electoral lies of the majority toward its voters, it’s the opposition’s duty to raise its voice”.
On the other hand, the majority has not commented the demonstration of the opposition. /ibna/