Debate with Albin Kurti

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Albin Kurti, leader of the Vetevendosje Movement, was one of the guests during this session of “Life in Kosovo” where he answered questions about the different activities that took place in the Parliament and in Kosovo that were ignited by this movement.

In June 25, 2013, Vetevendosje boycotted and disrupted a regular Assembly session about the ratification of Prishtina-Belgrade agreement. To show discontent about this agreement, Vetevendosje activists organized a protest in front of the assembly. Some activists threw rocks at the police cars after the police intervened to end the protests.

When asked about the protests Kurti added: “First, Vetevendosje is highly against ratifying the agreement and just knowing that there are deputies that will vote in favor of it was the peek for us as activists. Second, we were attacked violently by the police during the protest so we just had to throw rocks, even though this act is not appreciated by any of the activists.”

Agron Bajrami, Editor-in-Chief of Koha Ditore, added that even though Vetevendosje is against the ratification it is highly responsible for the activists’ actions: “Vetevendosje has the aim of refusing the parliament’s decision, but those kinds of acts that were ignited mostly because of a small number of protesters are not acceptable,” he added.

Mufail Limani, Director of Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK), also participating in the debate. According to Limani, Vetevendosje does not know what it wants from Kosovo, and what they are asking for does not follow the democratic ideologies of the country. He also emphasized that the movement was too inappropriate in its early stages to be turned into a political party. Kurti replied that Vetevendosje is not a political party, but a political movement.

Vetevendosje has a reputation of refusing to better relations with Serbs, while Kurti adds that this is not the case – and Vetevendosje is only asking for Serbia to apologize to Kosovo.

Edona Lluka, President of APJK, gave her analysis on the current situation between Vetevendosje and citizens, saying that Vetevendosje had much more supporters when they were not involved in politics, and were just considered an activist group. Lluka asked Kurti how Vetevendosje is planning to convince citizens that they should democratically rule a country when they use violent measures to achieve their aims and do not have good relations with the other political parties.

Kurti replied that they are not asking for voters, and only want to protect Kosovo from the ratification because it will be a disastrous act: “Even though we do not have good relations with the other parties, time is proving that there are no real political parties in Kosovo,” added Kurti.

Kurti and five other members of Vetevendosje were in Washington DC and met six congressmen and a senator to talk about this issue. They took their stand on the ratification agreement and also on the American ambassador, Tracey Ann Jacobson, who refuses to meet them. Kurti said that they have sent a letters asking the ambassador to join them in Washington to discuss this issue but never received an answer.

On November 3 will be the date of the elections. Kurti said that they are preparing for the local elections and they aim to win the election in most of the municipalities. “The most important part of the local elections are the candidates and we will choose the best alternatives during the summer,” said Kurti.