24 August 2008, TUZ, MALESIA E MADHE -- As the summer season winds down in Malesia, so does the tourism, and as many "Albanian-Americans" prepare to come back to reality and return to their jobs, families, and normal ways of life, they will take every opportunity to enjoy their last few days and hours in the land they consider theirs' -- MALESIA.
One of the last summer concerts in Malesia brought Kosova's sensation Shkurte Feza to Cavalieri to perform in front of a sold-out concert, where her lyrics have drawn thousands throughout the Balkans, and have especially drawn the admiration of youth and artists in what is called, "the sound of beauty and national pride."
But on this particular night, the "concert-of-all-concerts" was disrupted when, without warning, three unmarked jeeps pulled up at the Cavalieri concert venue loaded with special police units representing Montenegro's anti-terrorist division.
As they marched in, one policeman walked on stage and abruptly grabbed the microphone from Feza while she sang in stride. The rest of the troopers guarded the exits and positioned themselves for what would come next.
An announcement was made that everyone return to their seats and remain there and to not speak a word. There was no explanation as to what was happening, and the ensuing instructions commanded that all concert-goers were to be searched on their way out of the venue.
As everyone filed out the exists, troopers searched under chairs and tables looking for what, no one knew. Every male was padded down and searched for what seemed to be possession of weapons. Women were not touched.
The incident did not go without harassment, as many concert-goers reported intimidation and sneers by the troopers. Some were asked to go directly home because they seemed to be "drunk." Others were jostled and pushed as if they were the ones at fault for crimes unknown and reasons unsubstantiated.
After everyone was searched, there were no weapons found, no bombs disclosed, and no terrorist plans unfolded. With that, everyone was told they could return to the venue, but most people decided to go home with their families.
Ms. Feza was so shaken by the event, that she decided to cancel the rest of her performance and head back home. Those that did return, only sat in their seats and muttered among themselves in shock at what took place. Before long everyone deserted the concert and quietly went home.
A conclusion to a summer in Malesia turned out to be a night polluted with fear, intimidation, and ethnic profiling. It was perhaps Podgorica's gesture to Albanian-Americans that they remember what awaits for them next year, and thereafter. Who knows.
But one local student perhaps summed it up best: "Those of you that live in the Diaspora can now go home and forget this ever happened, but what about those of us that live here very day ... ? We are never allowed to forget."