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Macedonian flag burning during football match sparks controversy

Author: Nick Iliev Date: Wed, Sep 30 2009 18 Comments, 5360 Views
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The Macedonian flag was torched during a football match in Pristina, between FK Pristina and Vlaznimi football clubs at the city stadium in the Kosov capital on September 28.

In the aftermath, Macedonia's interior ministry tried to downscale the seriousness of the event as much as possible, saying that an occurrence of such sensitive nature at such a moment should be accepted calmly and that any measures should be taken to relieve any potential tension.

Anti-Macedonian slogans were displayed on stadium's stands as well, while the flag was torched as "discontent stemming from the Macedonian Encyclopedia publications".

Macedonia's governing party VMRO-DPMNE said the incident was isolated and that it should not hamper the positive relations between Macedonia and Kosovo, nor that it should be used as a pretext or an excuse for domestic ethnic tension.

According to the leader of the opposition Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, Branko Crvenkovski, it was a vandal act – "harmful not only for the interethnic relations but also for the Macedonia-Kosovo relations," Bulgarian news agency Focus said.

Macedonia's liaison office in Pristina has called on the appropriate Kosovo authorities to take all legal measures necessary for identifying and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

"Mutual trust and respect are being built for a long-term and each side should contribute to that effect. Kosovo, as the youngest country in the region, is expected to demonstrate its capacity in such situations to act appropriately in favor of good-neighborly relations and regional stability" the statement said, quoted by local and Bulgarian media.

  • Anonymous
    j .-t.d,.s Rating:
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    #18 04, 20, Sat, Nov 14 2009

    da zivit makedonski narod i albanski narod samo naprd.

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    danielle Rating:
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    #17 19, 28, Sat, Oct 17 2009

    The Star of Vergina was discovered in occupied Macedonia and in the Republic of Macedonia. This simble can be found all over old Macedonian Churches.Does the Star of Vergina exist in the Greek Churches in Greece proper?The answer is NO!Therefore,stop the nonsens that this flag is greek.

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    Epaminondas Rating:
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    #16 12, 27, Fri, Oct 02 2009

    I reckon the Greeks did it - they don't like Macedonia using the Star of Vergina (see photo at top of this article !!!)

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    nameless Rating:
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    #15 21, 55, Thu, Oct 01 2009

    macedonians faking history isn't being mention here at all?i wonder why?

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    Josip Rating:
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    #14 16, 41, Thu, Oct 01 2009

    There is nothing wrong with a little of flag burning. As long as it doesn't erupt into house burning. Some of us understand what our Albanian friends feel and support their cause. Our government in skopje has to start thinking before it allows stupid insitutions to write our national history without consulting its citizenry. These people under Blaze Ristovski are the academics responsible and have always been rewriting our history causing antagonism with all our neighbours. Maybe one day Gruevski will write our nations history it would be interesting to see what he would write. Probably that he is a [...]

    Read the full comment direct descedant of Aleksander Veliki...

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    what Rating:
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    #13 16, 25, Thu, Oct 01 2009

    no "death" to everyone and everything comments today? how come. you lot are not in the mood or what?

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    dreni Rating:
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    #12 11, 08, Thu, Oct 01 2009


    Ok if you were right why you decided to withdraw the encyclopedia, everything was based on fake history from Macedonians. You should thank to Tito who made this nation otherwise you eouldnt exist it with this name. But, Toito is dead and Macedonia as well.

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    #9 02, 18, Thu, Oct 01 2009

    It is a shame for the Kosovars fans. They felt in the same level as Macedonian academics. Even the excuse that they where Macedonian academics to ignite the explosion of this archaic nationalistic hatering can't justify these shameful acts. I believe that the Kosovar society will oppose these events.

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