May 18th, 2015,
– With some Photos from Republika.mk, report by Joaquin Flores for Fort Russ –
* updated 9pm, EST
“Tonight, VMRO-DPMNE and its coalition partners are holding a rally under the slogan “Macedonia Strong!”. Initial assessments count over 90,000 citizens, making this rally the largest in the history of Macedonia. The number is expected to exceed more than 100,000 supporters. ” – Republika.mk
All photos below from today’s ‘Anti-Majdan’ counter-demo in Skopje.
Video courtesy of RT:
These Skopje based demonstrations were held as previously announced, to show that the present government, despite its problems, has more support than those protesting against the government.
However we should note something extraordinarily important about yesterday’s protests as well. As confirmed by our own assets on the ground, as well as a working knowledge of the Color/Spring template, people came out to the protest yesterday for many different reasons, relating to several ongoing issues that are being covered in local media in Macedonia. Some relate to legitimate issues, and others relate to manufactured problems conjured by pro-western media and western funded NGO’s operating inside of Macedonia.
There is not sufficient evidence to promote the view that even most of yesterday’s protesters came out to call for ‘The PM’ resignation’. This demand was communicated carefully by the western backed event organizers to western media outlets. As is the textbook method, thousands of people came out but their presence there was used beyond the authority of event organizers as a blank check, to put words in their mouth, or create new slogans for the event after its turn-out was reported.
Tonight’s protest ought to add some clarity to the situation. Viewing the pictures, many will also see a large number of Serbian flags.
People of the former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Macedonia, etc.) are somewhat more politically sophisticated regarding the Color/Spring tactic as it was used against them twenty-five years ago. In fact it was a US backed Serbian, Srdja Popovic – the zealous student of Gene Sharp in the refined methods of Saul Alinsky et al, – who was active in those fateful events surrounding the pro-western October 5th Movement.
These justified and legitimated the previous bombing of Belgrade for 76 days and nights in 1999, leaving thousands dead and countless more wounded. Popovic has gone on to play the role of chief consultant in events in Egypt, Syria, and Ukraine. Some consider him to be an at-large war criminal, and several groups are seeking an indictment.
Russia has come out firmly on the side of both Serbia and Macedonia. With regard to Macedonia, Russia has put its weight entirely behind the present government; with regard to Serbia, it has given numerous assurances to the latter that it will support it on the issue of Kosovo and Republika Srpska in whatever it decides to do.
Russian FM, Lavrov has said also that Russia officially suspects that the May 9th Albanian terrorist attack in Macedonia may have been US backed, punishing Macedonia for supporting Russia
Serbs and Macedonians joined forces tonight, Serbs make up a minority population inside of Macedonia and on the May 9th attacks, some four out of the nine police killed were Serbian Macedonians.
In addition to the slogan, these were effectively and meaningfully against the attempts by the US to create chaos and havoc, and against yesterday’s US backed event.
We certainly live in interesting times, where the statements by many analysts of only some months ago, asking if we were heading towards a new cold war, now seem suddenly dated. Now the question is whether things on the horizon may be even of a more cataclysmic nature.