On Sunday 30th September, Macedonia will vote in a referendum that asks whether the country should change its name, and demonstrations and protests in the lead up and as the results are announced are possible. A name change would the way for membership of the European Union and NATO, making this a consequential – and controversial – vote.
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Political rallies and demonstrations occur in Skopje and cities across Macedonia, usually with notice and permission from the authorities. Demonstrations could happen in relation to a referendum on 30 September 2018. You should check local media for the latest information, be vigilant, and avoid any large crowds and gatherings.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/macedonia
- You should avoid demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
- Monitor local media.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
#Skopje #Macedonia Demonstration Alert: Demonstrations expected at the Parliament House on Sept. 27 at 19:00 and Sept. 30 at 19:00. Demonstration also expected at Skopje Main Square on Sept. 30 at 19:00. Avoid area of demonstrations. https://t.co/H9aNzNTOUz pic.twitter.com/wAz9gZlSxy
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) September 26, 2018
Headlines and sources
- RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty: Macedonian President Urges Boycott Of Name Referendum
- RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty: High Stakes, Strong Emotions In Macedonia Referendum
- Reuters: Eying EU, NATO, Macedonians set for referendum on changing state’s name
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