Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama had to dig deep in the home-cooked history of his country in order to counter the call by Greek Foreign Ministry to refrain from demolishing the homes of Greek minority members in Chimara.
Fantasist Edi Rama claimed that it was the Albanians who saved Acropolis and hindered the bombardment of the Antique jewel from the Venetian fleet.
Rama uploaded his deluled claim in his Facebook account together with a rotogravure of Acropolis and Athens from 1670.
Among others, the Albanian PM claims that in 1925 “the population of Athens was mainly Albanian” [sic!] and that “if the Acropolis still stands for the glory of humanity and culture, this is due to the vision of the Albanian archbishop of Athens, George Dousmanis (Gjergj Dushmani) who in 1686, negotiated with Francesco Morosini, Doge of Venice, that the Venetian fleet would not bombard the city from the port of Faliro, because there was a Turkish garrison there.
Such a history of a city that was once according to authentic evidence and historians, mainly Albanian-speaking, does not make it absolutely an Albanian town, even though Athens owes something to Albanians for its great history.
Just in the same way, although the Himara experienced the Greek archipelago and the Greek language as “common dialect” from the East through the maritime trade, in close and fruitful coexistence, this does not make it entirely a Greek province. Indeed, in all international conventions […] , its [Himaras] population is simply described as Albanian.”
Kjo gravurë e vjetër e Athinës e 1670 (qytet në të cilin, shkruante ende më 1925 princi grek fanariot Eugene Rizo-Rangabe, “…popullsia autoktone është edhe sot e kësaj dite kryesisht shqiptare”), na kujton, ndër të tjera se, nëse Akropoli i lashtë është ende në këmbë për lavdi të njerëzimit dhe qytetërimit, kjo i detyrohet edhe kurajos dhe vizionit të primatit shqiptar të Athinës, Gjergj Dushmanit! I cili, më 1686, negocioi me flotën veneciane të Francesco Morosinit që qyteti të mos bombardohej prej limanit të Falerës, edhe pse aty ndodhej një garnizon turk.
On October 28th, the mayor of Himara informed the Greek owners of 19 homes in that their homes will be demolished and they had a 5-day period to evacuate them. the settlement will be turned into a park.
On Sunday, the Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying:
“We are following with great concern developments in Himara (Albania), where 19 families belonging to the Greek National Minority received notices according to which they have a deadline of five days to evacuate their homes, which are intended to be demolished.
It is unacceptable that Mayor Gorοs, while executing a government policy, put his signature on notices for imminent demolition of residences, which were then handed to the owners on the very day of our National Day.
The Albanian authorities must proceed immediately, on one hand, to the cancellation of the demolition order and, on the other hand, to meaningful consultations with the owners concerning Himara’s redevelopment plans.
The protection of property rights, and in particular of minority rights, is an integral part of the five conditions set by the European Union in order to start negotiations for the accession of Albania to the EU. Therefore, if Albania sincerely wishes to join the European Union, it should demonstrate in practice that it functions according to the principles of the rule of law, protecting the rights of all its residents regardless of their nationality and origin, against abuses and illegal acts.
The Greek Embassy in Albania continuously monitors the situation, always standing at the side of our Diaspora, and has raised the issue with the competent Albanian authorities, the competent international organizations and representatives of the international community at the highest levels.”
To tell you the truth I do not want to spend time in history books and counter Rama’s claims about the Albanian-speaking population of Athens and the …Archbishop of Athens in 1686.
But so much I can tell:
Gjergi Dushmani was from a Catholic family from the north of Albania and he was for sure not Archbishop of Athens.
In fact, there was no Archbishop of Athens the church in Greece occupied by the Ottomans was governing by the Patriarchate in Constantinople.
“Archbishop” of Athens in 1686 was the Metropolit Iakovos A’.
The Albanians (Arvanites) living in across Greece were Greek-Orthodox – and still are.
The Venetian Fleet was in Faliron in 1687 and despite Rama’s claim, they had indeed fired at the Acropolis which was used by the Ottomans as “store for gunpowder”. Morozini’s attack destroyed large part of the Acropolis. (source)
Having a mythmaker as Prime Minister is at least pathetic!
PS Albanians settled in Greece between 13th and 16th century, they spoke Arvanitika a dialect of the Albanian language along with Greek. Theyinitially settled in Thessaly, later Attica and Peloponnese. They were fully assimilated and their descendants are Greek-Orthodox and speak Greek.