A protest is taking place in front of the European Commission building in Sofia in support of Hristyian Pendikov, who was beaten up in Ohrid.
The protest was joined by citizens and public figures as well as supporters of IMRO. They protested against the discrimination of Bulgarians in the Republic of North Macedonia. The protesters demanded to stop the violence against Bulgarians, which has increased in recent months. They call on the authorities in the RNM to take measures to stop the hate speech against the country's citizens who declare their Bulgarian origin.
The secretary of the Bulgarian Club in Ohrid, Hristian Pendikov, was attacked on the evening of January 19 in the back by Ilija Spaseski and two others in front of the Tino restaurant.
Pendikov suffered injuries to his vertebrae, ribs and jaw from the blows. He also has severe head injuries. Since last night, Pendikov has been undergoing treatment at the Military Medical Academy, where he is due to undergo surgery.
Pendikov is expected to be visited tomorrow by Foreign Ministers Nikolai Miklov and Bujar Osmani. / BGNES