20 February 1991. This date is remembered in Albanian history as the day of the collapse of the statue of the dictator Enver Hoxha. The succession of those events that took place in the "Scanderbeg" square, brought Albania to the attention of the international community.
The collapse of Enver Hoxha's bust would have marked the break with the past and the beginning of a new era, of post-communism or, as the optimists call it, that of democracy.
THE STATUE by Enver Hoxha, the huge bronze statue that dominated the Albanian capital from the center of Piazza Skanderbeg, was demolished by an immense crowd: Albania does not stop surprising.
In Tirana yesterday thousands and thousands of people talk about a hundred thousand protesters for hours clashed with stones with the police, who responded with tear gas and batons. At the height of the clashes, however, the police officers were annihilated, set aside by protesters who were immensely superior in number and in their ability to fight the forces of order.
Students and workers were busy with the statue, they started shaking it, in a few minutes they pulled it down, like papier-mâché. For Albania, the fall of Enver Hoxha is a symbolic fact of immense importance, accompanied by a series of signals that reinforce the feeling of being faced with a political evolution that shows no sign of stopping. La Repubblica, 21 February 1991
From the 18 to the 20 February 1991 were the days when 700 students started the hunger strike and asked the University of Tirana to remove the name of the dictator Enver Hoxha.
Until that time, in fact, the public university bore the name of the communist leader. The students were supported by thousands of citizens of Tirana and all of Albania with the slogan: "Making Albania like the rest of Europe", which during that year became the symbol of the protest of students and citizens of Tirana.
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