Podcast in English
Text size
Bulgarian National Radio © 2023 All Rights Reserved

Exceptional security measures in Skopje as Bulgaria and North Macedonia celebrate Gotse Delchev

Gotse Delchev
Photo: State Agency "Archives"

Bulgaria and North Macedonia celebrate the 151st anniversary of the birth of Gotse Delchev - ideologist of the struggles for the liberation of Macedonia and Adrianople from Ottoman rule. 

There is an increased police presence around the St. Spas Church in Skopje, where the Bulgarian revolutionary's remains were laid, to prevent clashes between Macedonians and Bulgarians. 
In the words of caretaker Interior Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev, about 100-150 Bulgarian citizens are expected to arrive in Skopje. "There are reports of Bulgarian citizens being stopped at the border, I don't know how systematic they are," said the minister, who is part of the Bulgarian delegation. He added that a ban list had been drawn up with the names of our compatriots, but it was not large. Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski and  Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski are attending the celebrations.
"I strongly hope that next time we will lay flowers together at Gotse Delchev's grave," the Bulgarian Interior Minister said. He also said that he had proposed this today, but to no avail from the Macedonian side.

Listen to the daily news from Bulgaria presented in "Bulgaria Today" podcast, available in Spotify.

More from category

Air Force and Army unhappy with media comments on national security

It is dangerous when people with ambitions, but without commitments and responsibilities to Bulgaria's defence, threaten our security with their statements, says an official statement of the Bulgarian Air Force and the Bulgarian Army. The open letter..

published on 3/28/23 2:08 PM

Political extremists are responsible for hoax bomb threats sent to schools

The main version of investigators working on case with the bomb threat e-mails sent to schools in Bulgaria is that they are hybrid attacks linked to Russia , Minister of Interior Ivan Demerdzhiev said. Partner services in Europe and..

published on 3/28/23 12:15 PM

Russia now leads war of attrition in Ukraine, Minister of Defense says

Analyzes and computer simulations on the risks of being attacked in an event of a possible Russia-NATO conflict, have been carried out , Bulgarian Minister of Defense Dimitar Stoyanov has told Nova TV. According to him, there is no..

published on 3/28/23 11:54 AM