This chapter focuses on the student protests that rocked the administration of Albanian President Ramiz Alia. It describes the student quarter of Tirana, called Student City, the site of revolt by students demanding reform. Alia and the Party of Labor leadership urged students to respect the law and work together towards what Alia called “the democratization of the life of the country.” The students rejected the vague appeal and went on to stage a minor protest that grew in intensity, with Azem Hajdari, a philosophy student from Tropoja, leading the way. More and more students converged in Student City’s open space, which would soon be called Democracy Square. This chapter considers the clash between students and the police in Student City and Alia’s efforts to negotiate with the protesting students.
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