Ivanov: The right to protest, but not to violence

Ivanov: The right to protest, but not to violence

Skopje, July 10, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

President of the country, George Ivanov declared today that protests are a democratic right of expressing discontent, but violence is not tolerable.

He declared this today from Ohrid, while he was commenting on the latest developments and protests following the sentencing of six Albanians to life in prison in relation to the murder of five Macedonians in April 2012 in the suburbs of Skopje.

“Our state has functioning institutions able to tackle any challenge. During these days, I have been in touch with the respective institutions about those violent protests. As institutions, we’re coordinating our activities and we’re doing our job. Protests are allowed everywhere, nevertheless, violence cannot be tolerated anywhere and institutions are taking measures to stop the violence. All issues can be resolved through institutions”, said president Ivanov.

He added that every objection to the court rulings must be expressed through institutional ways.

Asked about the burning of the Macedonian flag in the recent protests in Kosovo, which were organized in support of Albanians in FYROM, Ivanov said that these acts cause a bigger damage to Kosovo.

“Such acts where the flag is burned damage Kosovo more than us. We all know what Macedonia did to help Kosovo achieve its independence. Every violent act on their part will have an impact on their image in the eyes of the world”, declared Ivanov. /ibna/