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Opinion / Editorial

On the eve of December 8!

On the eve of December 8!

What would happen if I, Arian Manahasa, Ndue Lugja, Blendi Gonxhja, Shenasi Rama, Tefalin Malshyti, Mesila Doda, Mimoza Ferraj, Ilir Dizdari, Ridvan Peshkepia and dozens of other fellow students, who tried and fought in December '90 for pluralism and democracy, let's go to the Student City and if some of today's celebrants, most of them not born in those years, would allow us to tell the truth... In a few days the calendar will mark December 8! It's the annual commemoration of ideological confusion, the annual commemoration of collective bluster and some of the strangest alliances that have formed in recent years. People with completely different backgrounds and origins, beliefs and opposing ideological positions, positions and positions from the most extreme, stacked in political parties, without any connection with December '90 and what it represents, although chaotic changes separate them, they come out and promote themselves on such anniversaries. In a strange way, the anniversary of December '90 year after year testifies to the strangest coexistences of our political spectrum, the ideological division in the coexistence of the voters of all Albanian political forces; the flirting of conservatives with liberals, of the "right" with "moderate" socialists. This is how we manage to read year after year ironic comments about December '90, not only from the left, "right" or centrist, but also from those analysts who were not born then, who with attractive abstractions for the ear, but out of reality question not only the events as they really happened, not only the momentum and idealism of that generation, but they mislead public opinion with their hatred, almost "cynical realists", with their hatred for what they will never be able to do. The fact that the evolution of a political party, or the individual career of some protagonists of that era, is not in honor of the efforts or the struggle they made in the past, should not be a reason to seize their contributions and rewrite the history of distorted and with dubious and lying characters and protagonists. No generation has heard so much criticism and glorification and no generation has known such falsification in its contribution and presence in modern history. If, as they say, generations unite under great events, this alone as an element made us talk about generations in general. And this, as the previous generations fought in their own way against the dictatorship and its brutal repression. December '90 had as its dynamism the generation of 22-year-olds of that December, but it was also the fruit of the meeting of many generations in the yard, on the university steps, in the murders of intellectuals, the thought of free will in 45 years. The party paternalism, the party nihilism of the other wing, the daily tollovia, the attempt of some to politically exploit the December '90 Movement with a party appropriation logic have made many moderate citizens in a historical devaluation of this day and age. Of course, this situation was preceded by the devaluation of our calls at that time: "Freedom-Democracy!", "We love Albania like all of Europe!", in the modern, non-historical, highly devaluing version: ""Freedom-Democracy!", "We love Albania like all of Europe!" !- Communism was never overthrown in December '90 and we are not free!" Our generation abhors such a claim. Imagine when such statements about the lack of freedom are made with all the cameras pointed at them. Fortunately, despite the flaws of our Democracy, we are free and can freely listen to such idiocy. All those who continue to say that "Communism did not die in 1990, is the same as saying that a brutal dictatorship like the one we had where no one dared to even talk to his own people against the regime is the same as the opportunities they have today , when anyone can post whatever nonsense comes to mind on social media. And not only post it, but also become famous for his stupidity. All of them harm democracy and insult the ideal of the generation of December '90, with their populism. When he gives arguments to equate the communist regime with Democracy, who does it serve? Democracy or the previous regime? When, instead of staying serious and analyzing the many problems that our democracy has today, which make it more attractive in the eyes of autocrats, who are you with? When you don't fight and try to correct the defects of the democracy you are with? Yes, it is true that autocracy, theft, lack of accountability, transparency and accountability, poverty, inequality, even uniformity of thought and criticism do not go with democracy. But what is the difference with the communist dictatorship before December '90? And so we come to the present day, when some try to minimize the significance and momentum of the events of that December with a kind of rabid revisionism, left and right. December '90, according to them, was the nursery, the starting point of those who destroyed the country, meaning the protagonists of the much talked about generation of "December '90". Forgetting that the designation "Generation of December '90" can only be used as "a historical moment in time", since very few actually participated. On the other hand, the Decemberists of 2014 or the Decemberists of 2021, shame this date and democracy, the democratic reflexes of our generation, under the pretext that they are living their December, vandalizing with their pathos and devaluation not only what it represented December '90. What would happen if I, Arian Manahasa, Ndue Lugja, Blendi Gonxhja, Shenasi Rama, Tefalin Malshyti, Mesila Doda, Mimoza Ferraj, Ilir Dizdari, Ridvan Peshkepia and dozens of other fellow students, who tried and fought in December '90 for pluralism and democracy, to go to the Student City and if some of today's celebrants would allow us to tell the truth, most of them not born in those years... Meanwhile, December '90 every year and every anniversary has been the golden and unused chance of Albanian politics, to attract the gray electorate, which has been homeless for 32 years, to repatriate moderate voters and to become the modern voice of reason and progress. Currently, Albanian politics insists on the mirror strategy, in which each group of voters can potentially see themselves. Perhaps it is time for politics to turn the mirror in the right direction. who has been homeless for 32 years, to repatriate moderate voters and become the modern voice of logic and progress. Currently, Albanian politics insists on the mirror strategy, in which each group of voters can potentially see themselves. Perhaps it is time for politics to turn the mirror in the right direction. who has been homeless for 32 years, to repatriate moderate voters and become the modern voice of logic and progress. Currently, Albanian politics insists on the mirror strategy, in which each group of voters can potentially see themselves. Perhaps it is time for politics to turn the mirror in the right direction.