FEBRUARY 20, 1991
The fall of Enver Hoxha’s statue in February 20, 1991 is undoubtedly one of the most prominent events that led to the total decline of the communist regime in Albania.
The collapse of Enver Hoxha’s bust happened in a precarious political moment for the country. The Democratic Party was formed only two months before the decision for the first elections which were to be held on March 31, 1991.
Since the student’s protests in the end of December the Popular revolt started to spread throughout the country. The destruction of the statues of dictators started in Shkodra with the collapse of the Stalin’s bust and spread throughout the country by destroying Enver Hoxha’s statues.
One night before the collapse of the bust in the center of Tirana a large group of students decided to begin a hunger strike by defining a series of conditions directed to the PPSH government among which was the changing of the name Enver Hoxha of the University of Tirana with the motive that the dictator had no name.