The Balkan Insight website reports today (July 20, 2012) that -- after filling the capital of FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) with dozens of new monuments -- the government has been criticized by most of that nation's residents for spending too much of the taxpayers' money on statues.
According to the poll by the local Rating agency, an overwhelming 81 percent of the respondents say the government should stop splashing out on new monuments as part of its grand revamp of the FYROM capital known as Skopje 2014.
Only 18 percent opted for more statues, while the rest -- less than 1 percent -- said they were not sure.
Two of the most notable statues in Skopje include one of Alexander the Great and the other of his father, Philip of Macedon. Greece -- FYROM's southern neighbor -- has been extremely critical of these two statues, because it believes that FYROM is trying to take credit for Alexander the Great's ancestry, when in fact he was of Greek ancestry, and born in what is now the northern Greek province of Macedonia.