The leader of VMRO-DPMNE, Hristijan Mickoski called for peaceful protests against, as he says, violently changing the constitutional name of the country, before he was expected to address Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia at 16 o’clock

“Today is the final act of a shameful process which the Republic of Macedonia was pushed into by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the ruling majority. From the change to the Constitution in order to change to the constitutional name comes not by democratic means, but through an act of violence on the procedures, blackmail and threats to MPs and their families. VMRO-DPMNE and the Coalition “For a Better Macedonia” will not participate in that process, and at today’s session, we will not, as a political party give legitimacy for the change to the Constitution because such changes do not have legitimacy from the citizens. We are firmly convinced that they are harmful and will leave a permanent stain on Macedonia’s national dignity and will change the identity, primarily the institutional one,” said Mickovski.

He said that his country is the Republic of Macedonia, whatever the outcome of the parliamentary debate. According to Mickoski, the constitutional changes are inflicted with severe injustice and great harm.

“The only thing left to us is resistance. I want to tell the citizens, as one of the people, I will use my democratic right peacefully and with dignity, to protest and to resist what is happening today and what will happen in the coming days, this is what is left for us. From the bottom of my heart, please do not succumb to provocations and fictional fabrications from police structures. Join us and remain dignified, even though the country is occupied by a dishonorable government,” he said.