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“The question being put is very manipulative, it’s anti Macedonian, it’s anti constitutional,” Dr Chris Popov, a Melbourne based Macedonian activist, said.
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“The referendum denigrates the Macedonian ethnic identity and language, culture, and tradition, from antiquity to the present,” Mr Sherman told SBS News.
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Those voting ‘yes’Canberra mother of two Biljana Petrova is voting in favour of the name change, and is one of the few willing to talk about it publicly.
buy canada goose jacket She told SBS News the vote offers Macedonians a once in a lifetime opportunity, and described claims people would lose their identity as “empty rhetoric”. buy canada goose jacket
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