Incidents precipitate during a protest in Skopje

Incidents precipitate during a protest in Skopje

Skopje, June 10, 2013

A protest was held even today in the Central commune in Skopje in order to defend the construction of an Orthodox church in the central part of the capital. This protest was accompanied by the first incidents in front of the commune. Biljana Curilova, councilor in the commune and several police officers remained wounded during this protest. Curilova was wounded when protesters broke the windows of the commune building.

Protesters clashed with police, which was trying to stop them from entering the premises of the commune.

Protesters have launched insults toward police. The protests were organized by the non governmental organization “Veritas” in order to defend the construction of the “St. Helena and Constantine” church, a project which was launched by the last communal administration with the support of the current government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

With the arrival of the new mayor, Andrej Zhernovski, there was a change in the urban plan of the center of the capital, which will lead to the cancellation of the project for the church. But last week, Zhernovski denied rumors about the destruction of the church. He declared that the construction of the church would not be prevented.

But, protests have continued in spite of the public declarations of the mayor. Communal administration accuses the party in power VMRO-DPMNE for instigating these protests. /ibna/