Today marks the 30th anniversary since Albanian citizens rose up in a mass protest and toppled down the statue of dictator Enver Hoxha.
On February 20, 1991 thousands of citizens rose up in protests to overthrow the symbol of communism, a few months after the old regime living in its last days paved the way to political pluralism.
The ouster of the dictator's statue was prompted by a hunger strike launched by several hundred students to remove the university from his name. That was one of the most prominent events that influenced the total collapse of the communist regime in Albania.Thousands of citizens gathered at Scanderbeg Square on 20 February 1991 and threw stones at police, the authorities responded with tear gas. They toppled the statue of Hoxha and dragged it along the city. That moment was symbolically assessed as the collapse of the dictatorship.
February 20 has been marked as the Day of National Remembrance for the martyrs and victims of the communist regime, and marked the end of the dictatorship in Albania.