On the 45th anniversary of Spaç's Revolt, the Head of State, Ilir Meta, called for a memorial to be erected in memory of all communist dissidents.
During his speech, the President said it is an obligation to find and honor the bones of those who died during that period.
Meta stressed that the past should be treated transparently, while emphasizing the importance of reparation for the ex-persecuted.
"The objective and impartial treatment of historical truths is of particular importance. We are a European nation and our history cannot be treated outside the European perspective of Albania.
"Europe's integration itself has been created and is basically an alliance against the past horrors of the fascist and communist dictatorship. This project continues!
From this point of view, our country must continue to treat the past with transparency and give justice to the rehabilitation, integration and reparation of the politically persecuted.
"Albanian dissidence deserves to be remembered and written throughout history.
"The erection of a memorial to honor the dissents, the innocent victims of the dictatorship, and their suffering is a duty of society, as is the duty to find and honor of the bones of the dead," stated Ilir Meta.
The EU Ambassador to Albania, Romana Vlahutin, was also in attendance for the 45th anniversary of the Spaç revolt.
In her speech, she said that it is difficult to think that in a country, in the heart of Europe, 4 decades ago, a boy could be condemned only by singing Adriano Celentano's songs.
"It is difficult, almost impossible to think that in Europe which went to the moon, invented the internet, has biometrics, artificial hearts, yet 4 decades ago a young man could be punished only because he was singing Adriano Celentano's songs.
"Albanians were persecuted because they wanted to be poets, painters and scholars, because they wanted to be like the rest of Europe.
"I am humbled before the duties we have to respect the past for the future to be more honest.
The EU has launched a project that is identifying the DNA of those killed. We started in the Dajti area and this will be done so that families can begin to identify their loved ones as soon as possible," said Romana Vlahutin.