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Macedonia celebrates two historical Ilinden holidays on Tuesday


On Tuesday Macedonia will celebrate two historica Ilinden holidays- 113 years since the Ilinden Uprising and 72 years since the First Assembly of ASNOM.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov will attend and address the ceremony at the Memorial complex in Pelince and Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski will give a speech in Skopje at the the monument of Metodija Andonov-Cento, president of the Presidium of ASNOM.

Prime Minister Emil Dimitriev and government delegations will attend the main event at Meckin Kamen in Krusevo and will lay flowers at the tomb of Nikola Karev, at the Sliva monument and at the monument of the defenders of the Krusevo Republic at Meckin Kamen.

The horsemen of Ilinden March will arrive in Gumenje before the opening ceremony, while the 49th traditional event “Ten Days Krusevo Republic” kicks off August 1 and runs through August 10 in Krusevo featuring numerous cultural activities.

The start of the Ilinden uprising was announced by the church bells in Krusevo on the eve before the Ilinden day (August 2) in 1903. Around 800 insurgents liberated the town, and two days after, Nikola Karev declared the Krusevo Republic and became its president. The free republic lasted ten days.

An 18-thousand ottoman army headed towards Krusevo and re-took control of Krusevo. The last shots fired there killed Pitu Guli, one of the most prominent fighters, and marked the end of the Krusevo Republic.

Forty-one years after the Ilinden Uprising, 115 delegates held the first session of the Antifascist Assembly of the Macedonia’s National Liberation (ASNOM), at which the social and legal status of Macedonia was determined as a constituent country within the framework of the future Yugoslav federation. Members of the ASNOM presidency were elected, with Metodija Andonov-Cento as its president.

The first ASNOM session saw the adaptation of several documents of constitutional importance, amongst which the resolution on the introduction of Macedonian language as the country’s official language and the Declaration of the Basic Rights of Men and Citizens of Democratic Macedonia.