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Is the appearance of a new statue of Yugoslavia’s communist leader in Macedonia another manifestation of Yugonostalgia, or is it something else? 

Several days ago, someone erected a “mysterious” bronze statue of Marshal Josip Broz Tito in the center of the Macedonian capital of Skopje. The identity of the individual or individuals who raised the enormous likeness of the leader of socialist Yugoslavia, who died some 33 years ago, was not immediately disclosed to the public. However, our sources in Skopje say a minor political party called the Union of Tito’s Left Forces arranged for the Marshal’s resurrection. This seems likely, given that many of the party’s members were photographed at the statue’s unveiling ceremony dressed in full Yugoslav regalia. Among those present was Union of Tito’s Left Forces leader Slobodan Ugrinovski, who once compared Marshal Tito to Jesus Christ.

The statue and its admirers appeared in front of Josip Broz Tito High School on November 29th, a communist-era holiday marking the foundation of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY). This year was its 70th anniversary. Read more…

 

 

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