PHOTO+VIDEO: The police strictly control the area, there is great uncertainty as to whether the commemoration of Gotse Delchev will pass peacefully
As he announced, the police closed Samoilova street to traffic from last night at 18 p.m., in the area around the "Sveti Spas" church, and therefore control the area around the grave of the Macedonian great Gotse Delchev, where tomorrow, with a state ceremony, 151 years of his birth.
The event was declared a high-risk event by the Security Council, which recommended the Ministry of Interior and all other security institutions to take all measures to ensure a peaceful and dignified celebration, as well as to prohibit the entry of certain persons from Bulgaria .
Tomorrow, the police will completely close Samoilova and Lazar Lichenoski streets, which surround Kaleto, to traffic. According to the announcements of the minister Oliver Spasovski, a state celebration is being organized at which all announced delegations will be able to lay flowers. This means that if unannounced citizens come, they will not be able to lay flowers during the state ceremony, which will be attended by the entire state leadership led by President Stevo Pendarovski and Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski. They appeared and announced that tomorrow delegations of three will be able to enter the grave of the revolutionary Delchev.
Tensions about the commemoration boiled over after the Bulgarian foundation "Macedonia" headed by Viktor Stojanov announced that they would come from Sofia to Skopje in an organized manner on February 4 to pay tribute to the "Bulgarian revolutionary", and before that the atmosphere was already on fire due to the provocations uttered by the Bulgarian politicians Angel Dzambaski and Kostadin Kostadinov during the commemoration of Mara Buneva, when in the middle of Skopje they shouted that Macedonia is Bulgarian.
Stojanov reports that the Macedonian police will be waiting for them at the border and will secure them during their short stay in our country, and he also announced that about 40 Bulgarians from Macedonia will also appear in Skopje for the celebration. Their plan is to gather at the parking lot near Kaleto at 11.30:XNUMX a.m. and, organized in a group, "without provoking or responding to provocations" head to Delchev's grave and back to the parking lot.
It is uncertain whether Macedonians from Bulgaria will come to the celebration. Stojko Stojkov from the banned party of the Macedonians in Bulgaria OMO Ilinden Pirin told the media "he knows that people were preparing to come, but they don't know what will happen". He does not exclude the possibility that this event is a pre-planned scenario, because the tensions would be in favor of the Bulgarian anti-Macedonian policy and to the detriment of Macedonia. If there are incidents, Stojkov does not rule out the option of Sofia again vetoing the negotiations with the EU.
Apart from Skopje, the recommendation of the Security Council of MEP Angel Dzambaski, Stojanov from the "Macedonia" foundation and other persons from Bulgaria to be banned from entering the country due to their actions is causing uncertainty and great attention. On this announcement, Djambaski indirectly threatened to assassinate President Pendarovski and said that he would come to Macedonia. Minister Spasovski, on the other hand, has not revealed for days whether Dzambaski will be denied entry if he appears at the border, arguing that the decision will be made at the given moment. Some media, on the other hand, speculate that a dozen Bulgarian citizens will not be allowed to enter.
These days tensions have also been caused by the calls of opposition parties to keep a foot or heroic guard at Delchev's grave, to which Minister Spasovski has repeatedly stated that the police will not allow such a thing.