Invitees to this years’ event include Montenegro’s premier Zeljko Sturanovic, who for the first time will represent the newest member-state in the international community. Although Montenegro’s transition to democracy has been problematical, to say the least, this event is just another façade for Sturanovic to soak up and to forget, for at least one day, the tribulations his tiny state faces in 2007.
To highlight these shortcomings, however, Albanian-American communities representing several cities of the Diaspora have planned a demonstration to take place directly across the street from the Hilton. This protest follows last years’ successful gathering where over 1500 Albanians and supporters called out to the former Foreign Minister, Miodrag Vlahovic, to stop Albanian suppression and discrimination in Montenegro. Although this years’ message will beat to the same drum as last year, it will also call for the immediate halt to torture, cruel and inhumane punishment of Albanian political prisoners, including a call for a fair and speedy trial by an independent judiciary.
For more information on the protest, including times and exact location, please click on the following link: http://malesiaemadhe.org/documents/Microsoft%20Word%20-%202007%20washington%20demo%20english%20word%20revised.pdf