Skopje, August 1, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Hundreds of Albanians protested today in Skopje in order to seek justice and the release of six Albanians sentenced for the murder of five Macedonians in April 2012 in the suburbs of Skopje.
Protesters marched in the streets of Skopje, but they were not allowed anywhere near courts and the government building. Extra police forces stood a few meters from protesters in the area known as “Bit Pazar”, mainly populated by Albanians.
Protesters didn’t even read their demands, but warned that they would do this in a press conference, which will be held by the families of the sentenced Albanians in the “Monstra” case, which saw the conviction with life imprisonment of six Albanians.
The council for the protests demanded Albanian political parties and its MPs to join this protest, but such call resulted to be a failed one, because the protest didn’t have any political figures and participation in it was smaller than other protests. Protesters demand justice and the release of the six Albanians and they demand the resignation of Macedonian judges and prosecutors who have decided the sentences.
Meanwhile, another protest was held today in Skopje by teachers and academic staff organized by the Education, Culture and Scientific Union.
The head of this Union, Jakim Nedelkov said that their protest is held for better payments for workers in education, culture and science, better working conditions and new investments. He said that state institutions had put pressure on many workers not to participate in protests, but in spite of these pressures, hundreds of people protested in front of the ministry of Education and Science. /ibna/