Apr 2, 2009

Recent reactions (church, university, int'l community)

A brief digest of recent reactions: The Macedonian Orthodox Church dissociated itself from the assaults on the peaceful manifestation and concedes that the parcel in question may not be appropriate for a church. Ambassadors of USA, EU, OSCE, and other foreign and int'l bodies expressed their condemnation of the attacks on the students and demand the guarantee of citizens' democratic rights. The dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Vlatko Korobar, voiced his support of the students for the public voicing of their opinion on the decisions concerning public space in Skopje. Meanwhile, a new architectural competition was announced in the newspapers: Opposite the parcel of the planned church is to be built a 5-star hotel (on a public green space). The organization "Parks and Green Spaces" (Parkovi i zelenila) has raised concerns over this plan, pointing to the fact that Skopje has four times less green space per capita than ideally the case. Recent Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

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