Macedonia's PM Gruevski Vows to Stay in Power
A rally in support of embattled Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski started in Skopje on Monday evening – a day after a protest march organized by the opoposition nearby demanded his resignation.
Standing alongside Gruevski on a platform in front of Parliament building were former Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska and the Director of the Administration for Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) Saso Mijalkov. They resigned last week following the shooting in Kumanovo on 9-10 May, which claimed the lives of eight police officers.
Hundreds of buses arrived in Skopje from all over Macedonia earlier on Monday, carrying participants in the pro-government rally. The estimated turnout at the pro-Gruevski rally, organised by his VMRO-DPMNE party under the motto “Macedonia is strong”, was 30,000, according to AFP.
The organisers of Monday's rally claim that Macedonia is facing ''a directed attack aiming at destabilization'' of the country.
More than 20,000 opposition protestors marched through Skopje on Sunday and gathered in front of the government building to demand that Gruevski resign, accusing him of corruption, mass wiretapping and stirring ethnic tensions to hang onto power.
"Macedonia has been under intense attacks over the past months. Our reaction has not been what you would have expected but enough is enough. We’ll not keep silent any more,” Gruevski told his supporters.
He accused opposition Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev of playing into the hands of unnamed foreign spy agencies by publishing video recordings purportedly showing widespread illegal wiretapping of journalists, judges and popliticians by the government as well a cover-up of a murder of a young man by police.
Defiant Gruev said he would not resign.
“We shall not surrender… We are winning… We shall not allow strife to take place… Zaev shall never be a premier of this country,” Gruevski said.
Zaev and Gruevski are set to meet with EU officials in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday in a fresh bid to find a way for resolving the political crisis.
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Here is Dzhambazki's declaration and interview:
Bulgarian-VMRO politicians (for instance Angel Dzhambazki who has roots in present-day F YROM; Bulgarian VMRO should be mistaken for F YROM VMRO!) and probably most Bulgarians (politicians or not) want the entire F YROM to unite with Bg: that shows how much you care about Albanians in F YROM, Albanians being the ones Bulgarians (in Bg and F YROM) have stolen the land from when they (back then called Slavs) settled into the Balkans. That's because Albanians are Thracians' successors and most of Bg and a big part of F YROM was Thracian-inhabited territory during ancient times. Even if Albanians are Illyrians' successors, as most scientists claim, Bulgaria still has no right to the entire F YROM, since its western part was Illyrian-inhabited territory during ancient times. That happens to be the mostly-Albanian part of F YROM.
Angel Dzhambazki claims F YROM opposition leader Zoran Zaev has an audio tape that would incriminates F YROMian secret services in the case of the "ethnic 'Macedonian' " teenage boys killed while they were fishing, a case dating back a few years ago. However "extremist", "separatist" ethnic Albanians have been accused by the prosecutors and, as far as I know, convicted and they are currently serving jailtime or have recently served jailtime for those murders. Dzhambazki claims not even Zoran Zaev has the guts to release that audio tape into publicity (because he fears those secret service leaders? or maybe because he is planning to convert them into his own henchmen and use them accordingly, once his SDSM party overthrows VMRO?). In fact this only shows how much respects Zoran Zaev has for those ethnic Albanians, F YROM co-citizens of his, who have been imprisoned for crimes they had not done, the political representatives of which (that is all Albanian parties, including the one in power) are supposed to be his anti-Gruevski allies. More like: he is supposed to be their ally but he couldn't care less about Albanians (just like Bulgarians in Bulgaria).
So no, Bulgarians not only don't deserve the entire F YROM, they deserve no piece of F YROM.