Protests in Skopje and other cities, Ministry of Culture attacked with eggs

Protests in Skopje and other cities, Ministry of Culture attacked with eggs

Skopje, 19 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Protests were held last night in Skopje and several other cities against the decision of the president of the country, George Ivanov for the pardoning of 56 politicians and government officials suspected of being involved in criminal and corruption activities.

Organizers of the protest, civil society network “I Protest” have called against the holding of the elections on June 5.

Protesters have moved from the parliament building to the government building and then to the Ministry of Culture. The latter has been attacked with eggs, as protesters said that this ministry was responsible for the multi million euro project “Skopje 2014”.

“There’s no justice, there’s no peace”, “Criminals must not be pardoned”, “Ivanov, leave”, were some of the chants of the protesters.

Protests were also held in Kumanovo, Veles, Manastir (Bitola), but these protests were quiet and without any incidents. In Manastir, protesters rallied in front of the home of the mayor, Branko Talevski. They demanded his following the affair called “Transporter”, which is being investigated by the Special Prosecution and where Talevski is accused of abuse with office and abuse of public funds.

Civil society network has announced fresh protests in Skopje, but also in Prilep, Gostivar and other cities. /balkaneu.com/

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