OPINION

To live and let live…

I am a recent graduate from City University London and of Albanian ethnicity. I have lived and studied in London for the past six years. I read your publication with interest and greatly value your independent opinions and news. Unfortunately I find deeply worrying the news that successful Albanian students are publicly opposed by fellow classmates and, worse, supported by their parents in holding the Greek flag in a Greek national ceremony. We are talking about public support in destroying the dignity of innocent youngsters simply because of their different origin – and all this in a European Union member state which is supposed to protect such rights. Albanians have come a long way from their bleak past, whether it be from the harsh communist system or coping with the consequences of Milosevic’s rule. The young generations today want to change the future for the better. We want to build democratic institutions where everyone enjoys the same rights – the rights I have enjoyed in UK, the rights that my tutor and other Greeks enjoyed after fleeing Greece 30 years ago.    I urge you to publish this letter so Greeks may have an opportunity to reflect on their behavior toward vulnerable people living in Greece, so that everyone can feel included and given the chance to excel in a democratic EU member state. Aldo Desmily, London