November 27, 2020

Desecration of the Bulgarian Tourists’ Memorial in Ohrid

Incident due to ethnical belonging, citizenship or language

What happened: On 27.11.2020, in the morning, someone destroyed the memorial on the shore of the Ohrid Lake honouring the Bulgarian tourists who lost their lives during a journey on the Ilinden ship in an accident on 5.09.2009.

Brief description of the incident with bias indicators: In this incident the bias motive is national basis since the incident occurred because the memorial is honouring Bulgarian tourists, with the bias indicators being:

  1. Pattern of previous incidents – previous desecration of memorials of similar nature;
  2. Time of incident – right after the Bulgarian veto during the negotiation framework for EU accession of North Macedonia;
  3. National basis – the memorial is honouring Bulgarian tourists.

Impact on the victims and the community: These types of incidents call into question the general safety in the country and the cohabitation among the different national, ethnic and linguistic groups in society.

Number of victims
Number of Perpetrators
Status of the case
Under investigation
Type of incident?
Destruction of property
Desecration of the Bulgarian Tourists’ Memorial in Ohrid image