Massive protests take place in Skopje

Massive protests take place in Skopje

Skopje, 18 May 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Thousands of citizens gathered on Sunday to hold a protest in Skopje to demand the resignation of PM Nikola Gruevski.

The protest was held by the Macedonian opposition and civil society, while Albanian representatives of civic society and citizens of other communities also took part in it.

Citizens said that they’re protesting against a non democratic state and the government which doesn’t heed the voice of the people.

Leader of Macedonian opposition, Zoran Zaev warned that the protest will not stop until Gruevski leaves.

Dzabir Deralla, activist of “CIVIL” organization said that Gruevski’s government must leave and free the people from the terror that it’s exerting.

“The people arrived today here. It’s time for freedom and equal rights”, declared Deralla of CIVIL.

Spokesman of the opposition party SDSM, Patar Shilegov said that 100 thousand protesters participated in this rally. He said that the people must remain in front of the government until the resignation of PM Nikola Gruevski. “Resignation is not far and the people must remain here”, while stressing that he’s happy with the participation of Albanians.

“I protest against this non democratic government. This is an incompetent government, irresponsible and immoral. They must resign and leave”, says Mira, an activist of civil society.

Former ambassador Nikola Dimitrov asked the resignation of Nikola Gruevski and his ministers. “We are persuaded of our scope. Therefore it’s time to join together and overthrow this government”, Dimitrov declared.

Prominent film producer, Vladimir Milcin it’s a matter of hours until Gruevski leaves.

“First we must demand Gruevski’s resignation, the creation of an interim government, voters’ lists must be cleansed, state owned Radio and Television must not be influenced by the government and the prosecutor general must resign. Without these, there’s no return to justice”, declared Milcin.

Present in the protest were also MEPs led by British MEP, Richard Howitt and other personalities of European civil society. /ibna/

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