Easter without protests in Skopje

Easter without protests in Skopje

Skopje, 2 May 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

The Easter atmosphere in FYROM went on without protests. Unions didn’t hold any protests on the occasion of Labor Day, due to the Easter holiday.

Many citizens in FYROM do not protest on the World Labor Day, May 1. They use this day to rest and a favorite location for this is the suburban area of Saraj in Skopje.

“We have come here with the family and always come here because we like the place and the atmosphere. We are celebrating Easter here. We know that it’s Labor Day today and the conditions under which workers in general work. But there’s nothing we can do, this is how the state is. We must protest, because people have nothing to eat and the economy is ruined”, says Dragi S, a worker from Skopje.

Many churches of the country held the Great Mass of Easter, where believers lit up candles and wished to each other more peace, prosperity and happiness.

The main liturgy was held in the Cathedral of Saint Clement of Ohrid in Skopje and was led by the archbishop of Ohrid, Stefan.

“We and our generation must show that we preserve the belief of our ancestors. We live in truth and we live the resurrection on this day and in the days to come. Christ was resurrected. We pray for peace, generosity and hope”, said Archbishop Stefan.

Citizens who participated in the liturgy called on politicians to find a solution for the political crisis and for the country to come back to the European Atlantic integration path.

“Unfortunately, we are celebrating this day in a very turbulent time for Macedonia, where people are divided into two parties. This way, several individuals meet their goals. I would want these to change after this holiday and for us to have peace and live in harmony with each other”, says Vesna, an Orthodox believer.

Messages of peace, tolerance and understanding have also been sent by senior state leaders. President George Ivanov participated in the mass held in the Cathedral of Skopje. /balkaneu.com/