Night of protests in Skopje, several wounded and injured

Night of protests in Skopje, several wounded and injured

Skopje, 14 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

A journalist and a wounded photo reporter injured, tens of people arrested and damages at the Ministry of Justice and the presidential buildings in the center of the capital was the toll of the protests last night in Skopje, which went through a tense atmosphere.

The protests held by NGOs started last night starting from the Special Prosecution and these protests were against the decision of president Ivanov on the pardoning of those politicians who were involved in criminal and corruption affairs.

Protesters, which amounted to around five thousand people, clashed with police as they were trying to approach the seat of the party in power, VMRO-DPMNE. They have demanded the resignation of president Ivanov, as according to them, he has carried out an outrageous act of pardoning criminalized politicians.

A protester told IBNA that they want to go to Nikola Gruevski’s party seat as that expensive palace was built with the money of the people.

“Let us go there. They are criminals and they will answer in front of the people for all their crimes. We, the people, will punish them”, said Goran S, an activist of civil society.

The arrests of the violent protesters started as they were trying to enter the premises of the Ministry of Justice. A journalist and a photo reporter remained wounded during the clashes with police.

But, another protest was held in front of the seat of the opposition party SDSM (Macedonian Social Democratic Union), where protesters called for the leader of SDSM, Zoran Zaev and his collaborators to be punished for causing chaos in the country.

Organizers said that with this decision, Ivanov should not have pardoned the opposition leader, as he is trying the cause chaos for the country.

But these protesters dispersed in a few hours and police didn’t allow them to gather in front of parliament, where civil society was protesting. Protests and counter protests have also been announced today, while the biggest ones have been announced to take place on Friday. /

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