Organizers say Protests to continue until Tirana platform is rejected
Monday, 13 March 2017

The association For a United Macedonia announced it will continue its mass rallies across the country until its demands are met - mainly until political parties distance themselves from the Tirana platform. The protest movement sprung up from the attempted coalition between SDSM and three parties that represent ethnic Albanians, based on a platform drafted under the tutorship of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Tirana,

"The masks have fallen. We are in favor of a united Macedonia for all, and we are against platforms written in other countries, which some of our politicians won't clearly reject. Despite their attempts to hide their true intentions, they will be met with strong resistance from the democratic public. The people won't go home, as the authors and signatories of the Tirana platform asked us to", said Bogdan Ilievski, one of the protest organizers.

President Gjorge Ivanov refused to give a mandate to SDSM leader Zoran Zaev citing the Tirana platform, which calls for changes to the name of the country and national emblems, turning Macedonia into a bi-national state, would give ethnic Albanians veto rights over public spending and calls for an apology for genocide over Albanians. Protests have entered in their third week, and tens of thousands of people gather every work day in Skopje, as well as in cities across Macedonia.

Opera singer Igor Durlovski said that the organizers are grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support and for their calls against a bi-national state that may lead toward federalization or partition.

"My generation lived in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual state and we will continue to fight for our motherland and for their native langugage", said writer Snezana Koneska - Rusi.


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