Authorities in Skopje -- capital of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) -- say they have no idea who put up a statue of former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito, which they say has no building permit and could pose a safety hazard, the Balkan Insight website reports today (December 3, 2013).
"We have no information about who erected the monument. Our inspectors have been on the ground and determined that the monument has been placed on a spot that is not predicted for that purpose," the Skopje municipality of Centar said. Officials say that, for now, the municipality will not attempt to remove the statue.
"Our inspectors will verify the current condition of the monument," Centar officials said, responding to reports suggesting the statue could fall down in heavy winds, as it is not properly attached to the pedestal.
The bronze statue of the late Yugoslav leader was erected on November 29 in front of the Josip Broz Tito high school in Skopje. "Nobody asked us about anything. The pedestal was erected two weeks ago and the statue was placed there all of a sudden... It is not on our property, so it is not our problem," the school principal, Dragan Danev, said.