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VMRO-DPMNE issues six demands

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VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski listed six demands to the Government, starting with a demand for the resignation of Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov over his comment that “Macedonians have issues” with regard to their national identity.

Speaking at the protest rally in Kocani, Mickoski also demanded urgent dismissal of Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski, over the numerous arrests of opposition activists and officials, which have put the police in service of the ruling political party. Mickoski called for the creation of a body led by an opposition nominee which will analyze all the illegally recorded wiretaps collected and published over the past years.

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VMRO-DPMNE demands that the expressed will of the voters at the September 30th referendum is respected. A large majority of voters boycotted the referendum, with turnout amounting only to 36 percent, and that after allegations of ballot stuffing in Albanian majority parts of the country. With this, the referendum proposal, that Macedonia changes its name into North Macedonia, in order to join EU and NATO, was rejected, as a legal requirement is that at least 50 percent of all voters turn out and vote.

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Mickoski’s other two demands are an end to the campaign to increase taxes and to push forward with building the gas network initiated by the previous, VMRO-DPMNE led Government, as the best way to alleviate the chronic problem of air pollution over the winter.

Thousands of people joined Mickoski on the streets of Kocani, who said that the political persecutions that are going on are worse than in the days of Communist Yugoslavia.

– If you mention the name Macedonia, you are immediately declared an anti-European, an non-constructive element and an isolationist, Mickoski said, evoking the rhetoric used by the totalitarian left, the predecessors of SDSM, when they were persecuting political opponents in the Communist era.

– Our ancestors fought for a Macedonian state, and nobody has the right to take it away from them. They accuse me of obstructing the renaming process, and yes, I do, and I will fight against it because I don’t want to be ashamed to be a Macedonian. I want my two sons to remain Macedonians and that my unborn grandchildren are Macedonians. This needs to be made clear to the entire world, no matter the cost to my political career, Mickoski said.