Tens of thousands of opposition supporters in northern Macedonia have called for early parliamentary elections in the streets of Skopje, as they are dissatisfied with the policies of the SDSM Social Democrats, who recently took power.
Protesters carried Macedonian flags and banners criticizing the current government led by the Social Democratic Party SDSM.
Opposition party VMRO-DPMNE has been calling for early elections since the government resolved a long-running name dispute with Greece in 2018, removing a serious obstacle to its EU and NATO membership. VMRO-DPMNE agreement he opposes it all the time.
Under the Prespa Agreement, Macedonia was renamed Northern Macedonia, complying with Greece’s request that the country’s name be different from Macedonia’s neighboring Greek province.
In return, Greece vetoed Macedonia’s EU and NATO integration.
Macedonian language only Bulgarian dialect?
At Saturday’s protest, high-ranking VMRO-DPMNE representatives also criticized the way the current Macedonian government is resolving the dispute with Bulgaria. Since November 2020, Bulgaria’s path to Northern Macedonia has been blocked by Bulgaria, and the conflict has its roots in history and language.
Bulgaria claims that the Macedonian language is a mere Bulgarian dialect and is trying to protect the rights of ethnic Bulgarians in northern Macedonia.
Both countries own certain historical events and personalities, especially from the period of the Ottoman Empire.