Minister Dumoshi: Prisoners will remain the foundation of the resistance for the freedom of Kosovo
The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, in honor of the 21st anniversary of the Kosovo Liberation has opened for visitors the former Prishtina Prison, which will be turned into a museum in the future.
The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, was also present at the opening of the "Shelter of Memories, the Prison of Persecution" for visitors, organized by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Vlora Dumoshi.
During this event, Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti said that this prison has signed the freedom of the country, while adding that it is exciting how all women and men who have been part of this prison tell their experiences.
"It's a special feeling you experience when you enter a cell and go out of another. Minister Dumoshi herself has had her family members in these prisons, but also all others who are sharing their experiences and emotions. I sincerely thank the Minister for this initiative. The prison of ideas was signed by all the prisoners who sacrificed everything for the freedom we are enjoying today", said Hoti.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Vlora Dumoshi, said that this prison will remain the foundation of the resistance of our people for freedom.
Dumoshi stressed that this prison was built at the worst possible time by the Albanian political prisoners themselves under torture.
"This prison was built by tortured prisoners. This speaks for the history of our people and how strong we have been by resisting torture for a free Kosovo and our rights".
She emphasized that the transformation of the prison into a museum will be part of the memory of Albanian history.
"We are marking the 21st anniversary of the liberation of Kosovo. Also, all the prisoners in this prison will remain the foundation of the resistance for the freedom of Kosovo. The prison which is going to turn into a museum, will be open for visitors. Over the years, we remember great activists such as: Adem Demaçi, Fazli Grajçevci, Besnik Restelica, Hyrije Hana and among them my family member, Osman Dumoshi. Today, among us are Hydajet Hyseni, Ali Lajqi, Selatin Novosella, Mermiman Braha and many other prisoners ", said Minister Dumoshi.
The Minister further emphasized that “Many prisoners have gone through cruel experiences in their cells. We have individuals who were left in cell for years. The governing program envisages the construction of a peace museum, which will be part of our history.
Meanwhile, a former prisoner said that he appreciates the decision of the MCYS to turn the prison into a museum, saying that “The decision of the Ministry should be appreaciated and that they have found this day so significant for the country". Freedom Day associated with the transformation of the prison is the best proof of our state".