Albanians cancel their protest in Skopje

Albanians cancel their protest in Skopje

Skopje, July 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

No protest will be held today by Albanians in Skopje under the motto “For justice” and “Stop selective justice and discrimination of Albanians”.

Organizational committee for the protests warned that it cancels this protest as people are making their final preparations ahead of the Eid day celebrations and also because of the arrival of emigrants in the country to spend the summer holidays. Protests have recently intensified in Skopje, but also in other cities inhabited by Albanians, following a ruling of a Macedonian court to issue a life imprisonment sentence against six Albanians accused of killing five Macedonians in April 2012 in the suburbs of Skopje.

But, this ruling sparked the reaction of the Albanian citizens, who considered this an orchestrated case and demanded acquittal for the six Albanian defendants. Several protests have been held since July 4 and these protests have been accompanied by clashes with police.

Interior Ministry has indicted 24 people for violence and disorderly behavior.

International community has called for peaceful protests and for violence to be avoided. Important western European diplomats have launched a campaign of meetings with state leaders, political parties and civil society to encourage cross ethnic dialogue and the solution of problems through institutional ways. /ibna/