A Greek priest, Elefterios Balakos who has served for some time in Gjirokastra, with the end of the trial for the murder of anti-fascist hip-hop musician Pavlos Fyssas, where the leaders of the neo-Nazi party “Golden Dawn” were found guilty and risk being punished by 10 years of imprisonment, in one of his reactions has also touched on the much-discussed “Kacifas” case. Through a Facebook post, the priest spoke about the event where Kacsifas was executed by the Albanian authorities. Among other things, the priest stressed that it should not be compared at all with the ‘elimination’ of the Greek artist, while adding that Kacifas was not a hero.
A hero is one who sacrifices himself for others. I did not see anything like that in Katsifa’s death. He had a “conscious” national opinion. His misunderstandings led him to the catastrophic end, not to the protection of others, wrote among others the Greek priest.
His full post:
I know some people will hate me for this post. It does not bother me. I am interested in the truth of things. Some unfortunately these days compare Pavlos Fyssas with Konstantinos Katsifas. Big mistake. Some data of one, and others of the other. I wanted to give my personal testimony. On the day of the death of Constantine Katsifas, I was in the village of Vouliarates. I was then a minister in the Orthodox Church of Albania. I have personal experience and opinion. Information: No one stopped us from performing the Divine Liturgy in Greek that day. The village is Northern Epirus and the Greek language is set in all aspects of life. No one stopped us from hanging Greek flags. The place was full of flags. No one stopped us from paying tribute to the Greek victims of the 1940s lying in the military cemetery, nor to doing the events that were planned. So what is all this for? Mr. Katsifas wanted to post his (personal flag) when his authorities made recommendations and stopped him, he started – after being armed – to fall. I have a question: There were many children that day at that moment. Katsifas and the police were very close. If a bullet hits one of the children, would we tell the story upside down? Finally, while Katsifas had escaped from the police. He was climbing a hill. He himself caused the events again, went back to the police and after he did not drop his weapon at the request of the police, they killed him. The truth is hard to know. It hurts. It can demolish the ideologies we have built. But it must be said. As in the church, anyone who loses a life is not merely a witness. The motives of the martyrdom highlight the witness. So the hero is not someone who sacrifices his life to secure his ideology. The hero is the one who sacrifices himself for others. I did not see anything like that in Katsifa’s death. He had a “conscious” national opinion. His misunderstandings led him to the catastrophic end, not to the protection of others. However, it impresses me that he easily became a hero and a symbol. We live in very strange times, really. People easily ask us to make symbols. Katsifas was the perfect symbol in the hands of those who wanted to set their own citizens’ directions. It is unfortunate that a death is used like this. Personally, I mention Konstantinos in the presentation. Jo si hero. But as a suffering man, a victim of nationalism. Because nationalism has neither race nor homeland. I look with regret at his parents who lost their child. Although I’m sorry to see them used as tools of nationalist propaganda. I have serious remarks about the way the Albanian Police handled the case. She might not kill him. However, he provoked his sentence. It is a fact. I just talked about that fact. In the confusion of the days I wanted to hear another reason, as objective as possible. Another discussion is the Greek minority in Albania. Things are not “bee milk” there. But this is another discussion. Now I spoke specifically about the death of the late Katsifas.