Protests: Rage Erupted In Center of Skopje


Time: 11:40 p.m. CEST

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Police blocked “Dame Gruev” Street in Skopje, while demonstrators attempted to reach the headquarters of VMRO-DPMNE on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

In the circle of about 2 km. from Boulevard “Dimitrie Cupovski” toward Assembly of Republic of Macedonia, “Dame Gruev” Street and “VMRO” Square, Skopje looked like a conflict zone with people protesting recent political turmoil in the country. The night ended with police dispersing the protesters, but with activists detained and a reporter for Plusinfo.mk, Goran Naumovski transferred on trench with the Ambulance, immobilized after being reportedly hurt by a police officer.

Many of the residents who saw the police intervention commented loudly and argued with them. Outside the circle of the several buildings and institutions, residents of Skopje enjoyed in almost summer night with temperatures unusual for this time of the years.

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But, for those inside the rounded up with heavy police presence circle, the night was mixture of tears, rage, purred anger, police over reaction.

Riot police used force to disperse a large group of protesters in Skopje, near the building of the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia, who wanted to go again to the headquarters of VMRO-DPMNE party. Previously, other group of protesters gathered at the Assembly, but continues toward the headquarters of the opposition party SDSM.

The rhetoric of the political parties in Macedonia in previous months heat up already tense and fragile political situation in the country with rage of people purring on the intersections of Boulevard “Dimitrie Cupovski,” and “Dame Gruev” Street in the center of the city on Wednesday.

When about thousands of people, among them young one, decided to continue the protest toward the VMRO-DPMNE headquarters, heavy riot police cordon deployed from the Assembly toward the protesters. Police clashed with protesters, at least three times, and tried to push them away from the street.

Broken Windows

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The rage culminated at 9:30 p.m., when part of the protesters broke all windows of the President People’s Office in the center of the city, took part of the furniture and fired them on the street. When police arrived from other locations behind the building, other group of protesters clashed with police near the building of the Ministry of Justice, where the windows of the ground floor were broken.

The riot police, which arrived in large number clashed with another group of protesters near the Ministry of Justice building in Skopje and arrested few of them. At one moment, two riot police officers brought down with their face two people, who started to shout loudly. Riot police moved further toward the Boulevard “St. Clement,” where another person was arrested, with other residents arguing with the police officers.

On social media, activists reported the police detained some. The protests started in support of the Prosecution for intercepted conversations with peaceful gathering. Situation started to worsen when protesters continue toward the President People’s Office when citizens recorded a fire close to the door of the office.

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The recent escalation of the situation in Macedonia is the first one since May 6, 2015 and results after President Gjorgje Ivanov granted pardon for 56 state and police officials, which names today were published in the Official Gazette.

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