Fatmir Mediu, Leader of Albanian Republican Party, Addressing “Free Iran – The Alternative” gathering in Paris in June 30, 2018:
Many people ask why Albanians offered to help our friends from Iran. The answer is simple. First, we want to lead by each other’s happiness, freedom and prosperity, and not by each other’s miseries. Second, the history of our nation has shown that we have helped Jews during the Second World War. Third, God has really been very generous with Albania, giving a lot of good things, beauty. But we have suffered as you are suffering, for 50 long years under dictatorship with a people that were led by greed and hate for their own people.
The same is happening today in your country: Greed, hate, imprisoning, killing, replace humanity and love of freedom. Poverty has replaced prosperity. Desperation has replaced happiness. The end of 2017 and nowadays Iran people are standing up for their freedom and their liberty and we are here to support them.
What more needs to happen that people will stand by you? What more needs to happen that the international community will see what’s going on in Iran? Many brave men and women in your country have stood up. Many have sacrificed their lives. But they do not need just the words of sorrow. They need the ones that believe in freedom and liberty, democracy, and stand up to do their part. No power lasts forever. No man lasts forever. Only one thing lasts forever: The dream for being free. Dream for happiness for our life, our families, and our children. The firm belief that what was given by God cannot be taken by man. Liberty will never perish. So never give up. Never, never, never give up. Thank you. God bless you all.