site.btaProtesters in Skopje Demand Higher Pensions in Front of Government Building
A national protest of pensioners in North Macedonia has blocked Skopje in several places. It started in front of the US Embassy and continued in front of the government building. Protesters want a pension rise of 5,000 Macedonian denars (MKD) - about EUR 80, and a minimum pension of MKD 18,000 (about EUR 290), as well as amendments to the Pension Insurance Law.
Dragan Ugrinovski, chairman of the committee which organized the protests, said they held a meeting at the EU Delegation to North Macedonia. The protesters want to meet with Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski and President Stevo Pendarovski.
"Earlier protests have not yielded any results. If we do not meet with understanding, we will radicalize them," Ugrinovski said.
A national protest was held on Pensioners Day in September. Since then, protests have been held in several towns and protesters have blocked roads in some of them.