Around 20 monuments placed in Skopje overnight.
Almost 20 monuments were placed overnight in the centre of Skopje short after mayor candidate of the ruling VMRO-DPMNE in Centar, Vladimir Todorovic, lost the run-off on Sunday in a battle vs Andrej Zernovski nominated by the oppositional Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM).
According to final results, Todorovic won 46.86%, while Zernovski – 50.29%.
In the night after the elections in which VMRO-DPMNE reported landslide victory in the capital were delivered and mounted ten massive monuments and ten more, but not so big. Among them there are the monuments of Vasil Chakalarov, Hristo Uzunov, Pavel Shatev, Hristo Tatarchev. The monuments are part of the large scale governmental project – Skopje 2014, which caused severe criticism over the spending of millions of money for such initiatives with nationalistic taste, while the economy environment in the country is not so good.
The monument of Chakalarov, riding a horse with a gun in his hand, was an express overnight delivery. It was placed in front of the Catholic Church at around 3 a.m. The monument was erected in the early hours of the night in which Todorovic lost the local elections. According to initial data, the price of the monument is EUR 350,000. The horseman is five meters tall. Darko and Elena Dukovski are the authors of the sculpture.
Meanwhile, a monument of voivode Hristo Uzunov was erected at the Lovec place.
Many monuments were placed on the Oko Bridge, in front of the trade centre in Skopje. It was announced that there are 28 new monuments – 14 placed on each side. At the same time, installation of more new monuments has been started in Centar.
The voivode from Kostursko, Vasil Chakalarov, was first cousin of Evgeni Chekalarov’s grand-father. Part of his family lives in the Bulgarian coastal city of Burgas.
Vasil Chakalarov has Bulgarian self- consciousness and his entire life proved it, said Evgeni Chekalarov from Burgas, speaking for FOCUS News Agency in a commentary on the news that monument of his relative – voivode Vasil Chakalarov, was placed in downtown Skopje.
In Chekalarov’s words, this is an outrage and the erection of a monument of Vasil Chakalarov presented as a Macedonian revolutionary is absolute fabrication.
“I am a patriot and I condemn such stealing of history. These are Bulgarian historical persons and I am firmly against such encroachment and historical fabrications on behalf of Macedonia,” Chekalarov remarked.
“In Bulgaria, there is a border village, in the Rhodope Mountain, which is named after him – the village of Chekalarovo. There is also a plaque on his house in Sofia,” Chekalarov recalled.
“His home village, the village of Krystallopigi (Smardesh in Bulgarian), which is now located in Greece, was inhabited only by Bulgarians,” he explained.
“In the Second Balkan War he stayed to protect the Bulgarian population from the violent attempts of the Serbs and Greeks and was brutally killed,” Chekalarov