Centenary of the Kumanovo battle by the Serbs of FYROM and other Balkan countries

4-5.000 Serbs participated in the event

Today, Sunday 28th of October, centenary of the Kumanovo battle, the event that ended in decisive Serbian victory over Ottoman Army was held on traditional place of gathering of Serbs, from FYROM and other Balkan countries.

The main celebration took part on hilltop of Zebrnjak, east of town of Kumanovo, where in vicinity of Zebrnjak crypt, grossly demolished by Bulgarian army in 1943, podium was erected on which main speakers were President of Republic of Serbia, Tomislav Nikolić, Prime Minister of Serbia, Ivica Dačić and President of Republic of Srpska, Milorad Dodik.

The event, which passed without incident was visited by 4-5.000 Serbs, with around 70 to 80% of them being from FYROM. Kumanovo battle in 1912 was a decisive victory of Serbian army which was a precondition to liberation of Serbs and other Christians in Povardarje region from Ottoman yoke. In the battle, back-up was provided by local Chetniks (“squad-men”). Together with Greek and Bulgarian victories, this event marks end of Turkish domination of the Balkans.


Vladislav Perunović, correspondent from Skopje, FYROM

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