On 15 January 1864 Isa Boletini was born, an Albanian politician and patriot who fought for Albania's independence by becoming a key figure in the Albanian resistance against the Ottoman Empire.
Isa Boletini was born in Boletin (today's Zvecan) on January 15, 1864 and spent his youth in Kosovo where in April 1881 he took part in the battle of Slivova among the ranks of the troops of the Albanian Union of Prizren against the forces of the Ottoman Empire.
In 1902, Boletini was appointed chief of staff of the "Albanian guard" of Sultan Abdul Hamid II in Istanbul, where he spent the next four years earning the title of "bey" (leader). He was a deputy from Kosovo in the Ottoman Assembly between 1908-1912. He remained loyal to the sultan and in 1909 began to provide his support to the young Turks.
On May 15, 1909, the Turkish youths, continuing their policy of reform and denial of Albanian national rights, sent a military expedition to Kosovo to stop the growth of hostilities in the government and break the resistance of local peasants, who refused to pay. the taxes that Istanbul had introduced.
Cavid Pasha, the new division commander in Mitrovica, was ordered to complete a series of reforms against the people of the Albanian mountains. In the face of these obvious disparities, Isa Boletini, who had always been in the graces of the sultan, and other local leaders from Peja and Gjakova attacked the Turkish army with 7.000 men. Boletini and his men resisted fiercely against the enemy, who however began to bomb many villages in the area and soon got the better of them. After Boletini's escape, Turkish troops burned his house in retaliation.
During the popular revolts against the Ottoman Empire in 1912 which involved all Albanian lands, many local patriots attempted to form an independent state. On November 28, 1912 in Vlora the Albanian National Assembly created the independent state of Albania.
Isa Boletini contributed to the protection of the Valona government, while he later became part of the Albanian delegation to the Treaty of London (1913) together with Ismail Qemali, Albanian head of state. The Albanian delegation intended to annex Kosovo within the borders of the new Albanian state, but the Great Powers granted Albania only a third of the territory that awaited them.
During the First World War, Boletini was involved in the Kaçak movement's guerrilla war against Serbia.
On January 24, 1916, it was reported that during the negotiations between Albania and Montenegro, Isa Boletini was killed while he was a prisoner of the Montenegrins in Podgorica, where he had been brought with his whole family. The Montenegrins provoked fighting in the village also because of his detention and during the clashes Isa was killed, after having killed eight men in turn.
Some passages of this article were inspired by an article by Fatos Baxhaku, published in the Albanian newspaper Shqip.