9th Day of Protests against French Proposal in Skopje

Citizens once again gathered in front of the building of the Government of North Macedonia around 07:00 p.m. to stage another protest against the French proposal for lifting the Bulgarian veto for the EU accession talks for North Macedonia. After almost one week since the armed incidents, the marching route once again went next to the Old Bazaar, and this time there was a great number of police officers deployed on terrain to prevent eventual incidents. Fortunately, the protesters passed by the Old Bazaar peacefully and no incidents were provoked. The protesters ended their march in front of the Parliament, where they once again addressed messages to the government, asking the ruling majority to not accept or endorse the French proposal. In meantime, VMRO-DPMNE Leader Hristijan Mickoski stated that if the government rejects the French proposal, the opposition will give up on their demand for snap election. “This is not fight for power, but we all must work together to preserve the Macedonian language and identity. I hope the MPs from SDSM preserve their honour and also preserve the unique character of the Macedonian language,” Mickoski said.