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by Ivan Sache
1:2 flag, horizontally divided red-black-yellow (3:2:1).
If I remember correctly, Tetovo, located not far from Kosovo and Albania, is one of the most important and revendicative Albanian-speaking cities from Macedonia. Several incidents caused by hosting the (then banned) Albanian flag on the city hall and the Albanian-speaking University were reported.
I won't be surprised if the municipal flag were intended to symbolize a compromise between the Albanian majority (red and black) and the Macedonian minority (yellow). Stretching the red colour over the half of the flag could also symbolize equality between both communities, since red is dominant in both Albanian and Macedonian flags.
Ivan Sache, 26 February 2002
Tetovo is a city of c. 46,000 inhabitants, located in north-western Macedonia. According to 1981 census, the community of Tetovo (then much bigger than today) had just under 70% of Albanian population.
Zeljko Heimer, 1 March 2002