“Skopje 2014” is an exaggerated project, Greek students say

“Skopje 2014” is an exaggerated project, Greek students say

Skopje, November 21, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Students from the Faculty for Balkan Studies at “Macedonia” University in Thessalonica have held a visit to Skopje in order to see the city and the “Skopje 2014” project.

Greek students say that these new Baroque type buildings with historical figures, including Alexander the Great, are contradictory and according to them, the authorities of this country are trying to make a historical narration of the past of the majority of people of this country.

But, students do not go very deep with their comments, as they will publish a study on this, which will reflect the contradictions that they saw by visiting Skopje.

“We know how Greece reflects its history. We have come here to see how you show your history in order for us to make a comparison”, says Stela, a student.

To her, as a student, it’s necessary for young people to be open minded. According to Stela and her colleagues, the scenes in the Macedonian War Museum were extreme.

In spite of the impression of a city which has moved forward, student Stelos Solemidis says that “Skopje 2014” is an exaggerated project.

“I don’t want to be critical, but I don’t know how daring it is to promote the city for tourism by only using the monuments in the city center”, says Solemidis.

The Greek students say that a part of other monuments consist on a theft of Greek and Bulgarian historical personalities. /ibna/