The Socialist Party candidate for Tirana, Erion Veliaj underlined that on June 30th the Albanian citizens will know the difference between those that have built this country and the ones that have violated it time and again. While talking for the 28th anniversary of the foundation of SP, Velia stated that his party has proven to be the only political force that has brought progress. “Our party, my friends, has passed moments like the one that after just two years from its creations, its leader was arrested and sentenced to prison. In ’93, the head of our party, Fatos Nano was in prison, it wasn’t easy to be a socialist in Albania those many years ago, even though one year later we rose against Sali Berisha’s referendum. Sometimes we talk only about the cruelty that he or them has done to the country, today is the day that we talk about the good things that the Socialist Party has done for Albania and its people”, stated Veliaj while addressing the violence that many socialist members suffered during 1996 from the hands of the state police that prohibited any democratic rally.
“It was a moment where being a socialist was not just a patriotic act, but even a heroic one” said Veliaj.
The socialist candidate underlined the fact that SP didn’t just give hop to its people after the destruction that ’97 was, but they recovered the state, the economy and all the cities. Veliaj stated that in difference to Sali Berisha that has burned this country to the ground not just once but twice, the Socialist Party has proved that they can transform Albania.
“Back in 2005, Rama started a new initiative, to expand SP, then when he took the leadership our party was welcoming people just like me, young girls and boys that didn’t have connections to the political world, that didn’t know any parliamentary members, but thanks to that expansion politics our party grew in talents, energy, ideas and goodwill. Thanks to that expansion politics, even though we passed an unbelievable history, don’t ever forget what happened in Gërdec and on January 21st. We experienced things that even big countries haven’t lived through, but with just the elections we beat them and today we are governing Albania. SP hasn’t left from any battlefield. Just remember back in 1998 where the government was attacked with an antitank. SP wins where it is more important; with the voting ballots. As always”, concluded Veliaj./Tiranapost/D.D