“I brought it with uncut nails from Paris”, was the joke of former Prime Minister Fatos Nano many years ago, when he started a clash with Ilir Meta, who at time was backed by Edi Rama trying to disrupt the Socialist Party, so as happened later.
“A failed artist and icon thief”, calls former Prime Minister Sali Berisha. There have been other allegations, calling scribbles his “works of art”. A bunker, but also some paints thrown on top of each other on pieces of work papers as prime minister, are the “art” made by Edi Rama, who is in fact undertaking an unstoppable attack against Albanian artists.
On monday, with a somewhat fair decision, for the closure of some bars and pubs, where the measures taken against Covid- 19 are actually abused, Edi Rama, not being able to control the situation, ordered the artists not to sing after 20:00.
This after several events that took place in Saranda, Vlora, on the sea shore, where hundreds of citizens entered indoor halls in organized parties. Maybe the prime minister was right, because in case of a pandemic he should be held accountable, and the Ministry of Health should also take appropriate measures, because if they do not act, they will be held accountable.
And in this case they are like “how to give water to a donkey” variant. This is the behavior of the Albanian opposition today, but the issue lies elsewhere. The artists have been without of work for almost five months. They were able to sing in some open space, maybe a week or two, earning little money to live on.
But can anyone be held accountable for these artists, who in five months have not been able to receive a single penny? The Albanian government has not given them any money. It is claimed that these people have money, that they have sung, that they receive hundreds of millions of lek through weddings and family celebrations.
But does anyone know their living standard ? But, how can you leave without paying an elite, which is the part that gives joy to this people, and is the real relaxation of Albanians.
But in five months they can not earn a single penny.
Maybe Edi Rama is right in the decision he makes, because the situation of Covid-19 can be worrying, but with the closure of the artists’activity, the prime minister and the government have to pay every penny missing in their pockets.
All the artists have been silent, they have spoken very little a few months ago, when the government gave the first economic package, then the second, as aid to business. But in both cases, he expelled them, and they did not say a word, in the hope that summer would come, and would work and live better.
But, summer came and now the order was given. There are no more open bars, they cannot sing, and cannot work. Although they were used during the pandemic to sing, to prevent people from going out, thus serving many Albanians, the government left them in oblivion.
Edi Rama seems to be an open enemy of artists. Complexed with his failures as a painter, he is now behaving like a “public criminal” towards musician in Albania.
Business activities can be closed. Because there are cases like the pandemic, where the government intervenes to protect the interests of the majority of citizens. But in paralel, there must be the measures that the government must take to pay every penny missing to artists.
So it can not be enough to close the bars and not allow singers to sing. But, on the other hand, these should be compensated in the best possible way that the government has. Not by giving alms as economic aid to have a piece of bread to eat, but by compensating them as they deserve for every contribution and value they have on stage and wherever they work, to relax Albanians on these holidays in pandemic time./CNA.al
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