Court Suspends All Construction Work on Veliera Square

Court Suspends All Construction Work on Veliera Square

The Court of Durrës has today suspended all the work of the urban regeneration project on Veliera Square in Durrës. On February 16, the Administrative Court decided on a partial suspension of the work after archeological discoveries were made on the building site. In violation of this order, however, the Municipality of Durrës continued construction […]

Veliera, the Destruction of Cultural and Historical Heritage

Veliera, the Destruction of Cultural and Historical Heritage

With great concern, I am following what is happening in the ancient city of Durrës and the work for the construction of the new square under the name “Veliera,” a medieval ship’s sail made of concrete placed right at the entrance of the marine port. The construction work risks destroying the centuries-old archeological heritage in the […]

What Are They Trying to Cover Up in Durrës?

What Are They Trying to Cover Up in Durrës?

Although the surprise discoveries close to the Venetian Tower in Durrës on the square before the port entrance brought the construction work to a halt, the the government has still not addressed its citizens’ concerns. The authorities have not given any explanation about the functions or dates of the discoveries. And from the looks of it, they […]

Dako Ignores Court, Continues Veliera Construction Work

Dako Ignores Court, Continues Veliera Construction Work

In violation of the verdict of the Administrative Court, the Municipality of Durrës has continued construction work on the Veliera Square, pouring concrete on top of the zone where several archeological finds had been made. The surroundings of the Venetian Tower have now been complete covered in concrete, irreversibly destroying the cultural heritage of Durrës. […]

Achievements of a Small Victory

Achievements of a Small Victory

In order to understand the outcomes of decisions reached by a unjust justice, it was sufficient to observe the unusual enthusiasm of the protesters by the Venetian Tower in Durrës, when they were approached by a group of activists who just came out of the court room. Unable to withhold the movements of victory in their bodies and faces, […]

Administrative Court Suspends Veliera Construction Work

Administrative Court Suspends Veliera Construction Work

The Administrative Court of Durrës decided yesterday to suspend the construction work for the Veliera project. The court’s decision came after a lawsuit filed by cultural heritage activists that opposed the construction of the Veliera Square, which has been partially, and illegally planned in the protected archeological zone of the city. The court’s verdict is […]

Where Have Lame and Shkreli Gone?

Where Have Lame and Shkreli Gone?

Have you seen Artan Lame? It has been some time now that he hasn’t appeared on TV. I am not referring to his appearance when he distributes legalization certificates to those who are best at appropriating lands or best able to violate the laws. These days they are famously distributed live on air. Flashy shows like this aren’t lacking, […]

The Sail That Buries Its Heritage

The Sail That Buries Its Heritage

Hospitality and enthusiasm in the peaceful shores When the Prussian Cavalry officer Wilhelm von Wied and his convoy entered the bay of Durrës, traveling in a yacht offered by the Austrian Admiralty, at midday of March 7, they were amazed by what they saw: in front of them on the mainland, underneath the hill, small houses with […]