Bulgarians in Macedonia: At the Census we were Insulted and Recorded as Macedonians

"Citizens who declared themselves Bulgarians were regularly and directly insulted and belittled by enumerators, instructors and other members of the enumeration commissions."

This is what the Ivan Mihailov Cultural Center in Bitola is warning about on the occasion of the census in North Macedonia, which ended on September 30th.

Census in N. Macedonia Is Not about Mere Statistics, Ethnic Minorities' Rights Are at Stake Too

Since early September Ilina Dimitrijevska has been walking endless kilometres every day, going door to door asking people to take part in North Macedonia's first census in nearly two decades.

Her task may be straightforward enough, but the census remains highly sensitive due to the potential impact on the nation's minorities.

North Macedonia to Start Delayed Census Despite COVID-19 Fears

Despite COVID-19 infections rising, North Macedonian authorities are determined to proceed with the planned start of the national census on Sunday, September 3.

Apostol Simovski, head of the State Statistical Office, said on Friday that everything was now ready for the delayed process to kick off.

"We are not asking anything from Macedonians. Only brotherhood and friendship" VIDEO

"We behaved normally, the way you would have behaved in this situation... We are not asking for anything from the Macedonians. Only brotherhood and friendship and to have the closest and best relations," Vucic said during his address to the media.

President Radev Rejected Idea for Intermediaries in Bulgarian-N.Macedonian History Disputes

President Rumen Radev announced that he does not accept EU historians to get involved in the work of the N. Macedonian-Bulgarian historical commission, Bulgarian and Macedonian media wrote during his visit to Rome together with his Macedonian counterpart Stevo Pendarovski.