''With an irreversible intervention, the city and its inhabitants have been abducted, one of the most important monuments of Albanian and European culture. The National Theatre collapsed in the name of progress that hides, not so well, only the cultural backwardness and contempt for the roots of an entire people.
Like any crime, the demolition activity took place at 4.30am, when it was still dark, as is done with something to be hidden. And, in fact, there is very little to be proud of when you have uprooted the city from a place of culture, a part of its history and not very great architectural heritage.
With bulldozer strikes, we were all deprived of a piece that was evidence of the past. At dawn the multiple lives born in that place were erased; not just the actors who performed or worked for it, but the hundreds of people who saw it work. In a few hours, the possibility of tomorrow's citizens enjoying part of the national memory was erased. It was a cowardly, miserable, lowly act.
A gesture that shows all the irresponsibility of the country's ruling political class, which began work to erase national identity, reserving the same fate to the sitting garden (the result of the work of genius architect Giulio Bertè, built in 1935 and demolished in 2011) and the monumental stadium (designed by Gherardo Bosio, which completed construction in 1941 and was demolished in 2016).
The "fault" of the building is its presence in the heart of the city, a few steps away from Skanderbeg Square, in a privileged, highly coveted position of Tirana, the capital that is trying to project itself in the modern era and is doing this by destroying its history.
The Government, with decision no. 377, dated 08/05/2020, published in the Official Gazette, decided to transfer the ownership of the land of the National Theater, an area of 5 522. m2, to the Municipality of Tirana.
The decision states that this step was taken with the aim of building a modern building and according to the standards instead of the existing National Theater. It is as if to build a larger, covered and comfortable theater, to place the collapse of the Verona Arena or the Colosseum. A people without history is a people without a future.
A new National Theater could have been built in another area without destroying a symbol of art, history and culture. The National Theater was an extraordinary example of Italian architecture, it was an architectural proof of the deep bond of brotherhood that has always united the two peoples, the Italian and the Albanian.
If the National Theater represented all of this, it would continue to do so across newspaper pages. He will testify to one more story: that of the failure of a policy unworthy of his people, which has implemented a blind strategy aimed at wiping the face of his cities.
The National Theater would have been to blame for not complying with European standards (since it was built in 1938), but so has the government team, which, while demolishing a theater and taking artists and dozens of citizens armed with their ideas, they had taken to the streets trying to stop barbarism, proving that they were worthy of Europe."