The flags of „Greater Albania“ displayed on the south and north sides of the Ibar

The flags of so-called Greater Albania fly over the bridge connecting South and North Mitrovica in Suvi Do, as well as over the part of the road leading to North Mitrovica. The national flags of Albania are also displayed on the same road section.

On the flag, the Albanian national symbol – the red and black eagle – stretches over the borders of the non-existent state with the message „autochthonous“ – i.e. the flag of Greater or, as Albanians see it – ethnic Albania.

Its borders are not the borders of a recognized sovereign state, but include the territory of several sovereign countries.

Apart from the Republic of Albania and Kosovo, this Greater Albania map includes almost half of the territory of Montenegro, including its capital – Podgorica, almost half of Macedonia, including Skopje, the greater part of northwestern Greece, from Preveza, including Corfu and Ioannina, as well as parts of Serbia proper – Presevo, Bujanovac, Medvedja, the Sandzak/ Raska region and Toplica.

After Koha’s KTV published a reportage yesterday on a mini train that recently started traveling through South Mitrovica with the inscription „I love Mitrovica“ – an instillation of the same name can also be found in the northern part of the city – mostly transporting children and parents to the artificial lake on the Ibar, two details next to this white mini train caught the public’s eye:

The flags of „Greater Albania“ displayed on masts.

While taking a walk through this part of the city earlier this morning, we spotted several such flags on the north side of the Ibar. The flags are displayed on masts, i.e. the rods are attached to the poles used for street lights.

According to the testimonies of some of the citizens who refused to be filmed by our reporter, these flags have been displayed for a while. This is also confirmed by the fact that the colors on the flags have already faded, and some have become worn out.

The flag features politician Ismail Xhemalli and war leader Isa Boletini.

Boletini was born in Boljetina near Kosovska Mitrovica in 1864. He was one of the pioneers of the fight for Albanian independence, and he fought against Serbia in the Balkan wars. Ismail Xhemalli is an Albanian statesman who was involved in the drafting of the Albanian declaration of independence. He was the first Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of independent Albania from 1912 to 1914.

These flags are identical to the one that led to the interruption of the Serbia-Albania match, which was displayed by a drone over the stadium by one of the Albanian fans, and caused a stir in Belgrade, part of Albania and Kosovo.

The idea of Greater Albania appeared on the Albanian political scene in the late 19th century and as part of the League of Prizren. During World War II, the Italian occupying authorities included several territories from the map of so-called Greater Albania as part of the territory of Albania.

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