From all sides "threats" for the peaceful celebration of Gotse Delchev

Police in front of the church of St. Spas / Photo Sloboden Pechat / Dragan Mitreski

Calls for a dignified celebration of the 151st anniversary of the birth of the Macedonian revolutionary are noticeable from both the Macedonian and Bulgarian sides. It is also possible for the police of both countries to cooperate in order for the event to pass without incident

For two days now, the police have secured the "Sveti Spas" church in Skopje, in whose yard is the grave of Gotse Delchev, with the intention of preventing citizens from self-organized gathering for "guarding" or any incident on Saturday, February 4, when 151 years since the birth of the Macedonian great are being celebrated. There are numerous calls for a peaceful and dignified celebration of the anniversary coming from both the government and the opposition.

The entire state top will attend the ceremony.

"The government of the Republic of Macedonia invites you to the state solemn event and commemoration on the occasion of the birth of the great Macedonian revolutionary work and statehood, Gotse Delchev, on Saturday, in the church of St. Spas - Skopje. Fresh flowers will be laid on the eternal resting place by President Stevo Pendarovski, a government delegation, led by Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski, accompanied by First Deputy Artan Grubi, Minister of Defense Slavjanka Petrovska, Minister of Internal Affairs Oliver Spasovski and Minister of Culture Bisera Kostadinovska-Stojchevska" , says the invitation from the Government to the media.

So far, no official guests have been announced from Bulgaria

So far, no official guests have been announced from the top of the state of Bulgaria. Bulgarian citizens organized by the "Macedonia" foundation, headed by the radical Viktor Stojanov, have been announced, who, in turn, announced yesterday that the Macedonian police will wait for them at the border and provide security for them during their short stay in Macedonia.

- There will not be and will not be allowed barricades, blockades or provocations! We are in contact with the police in Skopje and they, together with the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior, will take care of the order and the peaceful course of the celebration! We have organized car transport from Sofia. At the border, the police of North Macedonia will meet us and will ensure the movement to Gotse's grave and back. At 11.30:XNUMX, our friends from Skopje and the Bulgarians from all over North Macedonia will come to the parking lot near Kale, although there will not be many of them due to fear of attacks. We thank the Ministry of the Interior of North Macedonia and the Ministry of the Interior of our homeland for ensuring order and that together we will honor Gotse in the spirit of understanding and friendship, as it will be in the future! Come and honor Gotse at his grave in Skopje - called Stojanov.

Stojanov ordered that no one should shout "Macedonia is Bulgarian".

A few days ago, he advised those interested on Facebook to peacefully gather near Kale and pay respect to Delchev in a group, without provoking or succumbing to provocations, and in the comments under his post there was advice "no one should shout that Macedonia is Bulgarian ".

Stojanov two weeks ago called the interested Bulgarians to come to Skopje and pay respect to the "Bulgarian revolutionary Gotse Delchev", which caused reactions among the Macedonian citizens who started to organize with the intention of preventing it. There were calls to block the roads from Bulgaria to Skopje, and the Patriotic Institute of VMRO-DPMNE, headed by Aleksandar Pandov, called for a "night vigil" in the Church of the Holy Savior since Friday afternoon. Due to these tensions, the Security Council assessed the commemoration as a high-risk event and recommended that all legal measures be taken to ensure a peaceful and dignified commemoration. Among other things, the Council recommended that certain persons, including Viktor Stojanov and MEP Angel Dzambaski, be banned from entering Macedonia. Minister Spasovski has repeatedly stated that the police will make a decision at the border tomorrow, whether they will ban someone from entering the country. The day before yesterday, Spasovski urged the citizens not to obey Pandov's calls to guard the grave of the Macedonian revolutionary, stressing that it is strictly the job of the police and no one will be allowed to be above the state.

And the Bulgarian police offered to help

Yesterday, the Bulgarian police offered to help, that is, the Chief Commissioner of the Bulgarian Ministry of the Interior, Stanimir Stanev, said that Bulgaria can provide police assistance if there is such a request from the Macedonian Ministry of the Interior. He said they are exchanging information with Macedonia on the movement of people to ensure a smooth celebration of the February 4 anniversary.

- I hope there will be no provocations and insults. We are making every effort to ensure that there are no provocations on the part of the Bulgarian guests - says Stanev and adds that they have received an assurance from the Macedonian police that draconian measures will be taken.

The opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski spoke about the police measures yesterday, answering a journalist's question about whether the police invited their members to informative talks regarding the guarding of Delchev's grave.

- I have information about such informative talks and I call on the citizens of Macedonia not to succumb to the daily provocations, which have only one goal and benefit only one structure, and that is the Government of DUI, supported by SDSM and our eastern neighbor. No provocation to which any citizen will fall is not in favor of the Macedonian people and Macedonia as a country. That's why I invite you to worship with dignity in the church "St. Salvation". Let's show that this nation belongs in Europe, and not go back and let those corrupt police structures succeed in dividing the Macedonian people - said Mickoski.

Regarding whether he expects an incident that would disturb the security situation, Mickoski said that such a thing would only be the fault of the Government and the Ministry of the Interior.

- If the Ministry of the Interior listens to all these appeals that we make and organizes well and does not want such an incident to happen, believe me, it will not happen. But if Spasovski and the people around him want such an incident to happen, it will happen. So they will be the only ones to blame - stressed Mickoski yesterday.

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