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Rallies for Joint Macedonia, Day 19: Folk Ensemble Joins Movement

Domestic | March 17, 2017, Friday @ 20:20| 236 views

Photo: Perkovski

Rallies of the Civic Initiative for Joint Macedonia resumed Friday on Skopje, across the country, with protesters reaffirming their demands for preserving Macedonia's unitary status and rejecting the so-­called Tirana platform.

On Friday the protesters sent a message saying that new Speaker of Macedonia's Parliament could only be a person who would denounce the Tirana platform.


"There is no other option," said Bogdan Ilevski, one of the rally organizers.

Martin Cvetkovski, manager of the folk ensemble Vapcarov, on behalf of his colleagues, voiced support of the initiative for United Macedonia.

"We are not here for hate speech, fueling tensions, but as ambassadors of Macedonia. We know how it is to perform across the globe under Macedonia's name. We are being recognized by our symbols, insignia ­ if we lost the flag, name and language we would be depersonalized," Cvetkovski said.

"This country respects everybody and those who live here should respect this country," actor Vlado Dojcinovski said.


Children show host Dragan Mijalkovski praised the protesters for sending a strong message across the globe, being a true example how a fatherland should be loved. Pianist Elena Misirkova appealed to President Gjorge Ivanov to not allow 'mercenaries from other countries and foreign associations to interfere in Macedonia's internal affairs.'

On Friday, the 'Civic Initiative for United Macedonia' organized rallies in about 30 cities across the country. 

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