The protestors organized by the We are Macedonia movement gathered under the statue of Hellenic ruler Alexander the Great in Skopje’s main square. People sing the national anthem during a protest against the change of the country’s constitutional name, in downtown Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, March 4, 2018.
“We are here because questions about the name, the identity, the constitution (and) language are issues over which we must adopt a (strong) position,” Evica Stojanova-Kamberova, one of rally organizers told the crowd.
Macedonia and Greece have agreed to step up U.N.-brokered negotiations this year to solve a decades-old dispute that has obstructed Skopje’s ambition to join NATO and the EU
Protesters demanded that the government of PM Zoran Zaev halt talks with Greece over the name dispute. They also want a resolution to the United Nations demanding the country’s recognition under its constitutional name Macedonia.
They also accused the government and the main opposition nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party of betraying the national interest.