As dozens of Albanian-Americans gathered in the frigid cold in from of Fordham University in the Bronx to protest the Peace Honorary title being bestowed upon Anasata Jnullatos by this University, another Albanian leader, Gramoz Ruci, cancelled his visit to the same university where he was scheduled to speak.
Since 2009, Mr. Ruci has been the head of the parliamentary group becoming one of the few communists of the old regime to cover institutional roles in the ranks of the Socialist Party (former Communist Party).
What the protesters did not know is that, according to Ruci’s sources, the protest was organized against him, to shame him in front of the community, and that the real organizers were not the Albanian Roots. They believe that some Berisha supporters, such as Harry Bajraktari, Vehbi Bajrami, and Ruben Avxhiu, were the real organizers.
“The Albanian Orthodox believers are absolutely insulted by the organizers of this nonsensical protest and the false accusations made against the spiritual leader,” said Berti Beno, Esq., an Albanian-American Orthodox.
“ If Albanian Roots are concerned about anti-Albanianism acts committed by Albanian leaders, how come they never denounced Sali Berisha’s decision to have Albania join the Islamic Organization without the approval of parliament or the people,” continued Mrs. Beno.
Albanian Roots, in its statement to Fordham University, www.Albanianroots.org, and www.facebook.com/AlbanianRoots, accused Mr. Jnullatos of being ant-Albanian and sawing hatred and religious division in Albania and denounced his attempts to Hellenize Albanian Orthodox.
“Mr. Ruci happens to be an Orthodox, too. He was invaded to speak at Fordham, too. But when he found out that this protest, in reality, is against him, he cancelled, and instead of coming to New York, he travelled from Washigtom to Boston instead,” said Blerina Draci, a student at Fordham University, who had helped organize the event.
As the news spread that Mr. Ruci avoided going to Fordham, Mr. Bajrami, who publishes a local Albanian newspaper, scrambled for damage control. He reached out to him and invited him for a private meeting. Mr. Ruci declined hid invitation.
We attempted to contact Mr. Bajrami, but our calls to his office went unanswered. But Mr. Kepi, the Founder and President of Albanian Roots told us that “I was not aware of Mr. Ruci’s visit to Fordham at that time.”
The announcement concerning this protest was also published by Gazeta Dielli, www.gazetadielli.com, a very respectable Albanian-American newspaper and other social media outlets.