Time: 8:14 p.m. CEST
Photo, video and text by Aleksandra Dukovska
The Primary Court Skopje 1 in Skopje postponed the trial of Pavle Bogoevski for November 14. Supporters gathered in Skopje to support one of the prominent members of the “Colorful Revolution.”
Cloudy and cold autumn day was not an obstacle for about 50 people to gather in support of the activist of the “Colorful Revolution” Pavle Bogoevski in front of the Primary Court Skopje 1 in Skopje. Bogoevski appeared before the court for the first time in the case that State Public Prosecution opened against this human-rights activist. Bogoevski, which public Facebook profile states he as graduated law-enforcement officer, arrived early at the court, where his relatives, supporters, and other followers of the “Colorful Revolution” greeted him.
As Bogoevski disclosed last Saturday in an interview with a local internet website, the State Prosecution charges Bogoevski for a participation in the crowd during the protests that occurred on April 18, shortly after the President of Republic of Macedonia, Gjorgje Ivanov granted massive pardons to more than 40 state officials. During the protests on April 18, the protesters throw paint toward the building of the Ministry of Culture, which the Ministry claims is a site of protected cultural heritage.
The first hearing at the trial ended about 30 minutes after the beginning and it was postponed for the next month. Pavle leaves the court, accompanied with representatives of the Macedonian Helsinki Human Rights Committee, greeted by the cheering supporters.
“How do you feel?” I asked Bogoevski after he stopped for a short statement to the shivering reporters and the media crews.
“A little bit nervous,” he responds.
This was the first time Bogoevski appeared before the court, but it would not be the last time, as another hearing is scheduled for next month.
“The prosecution started a procedure without damage assessment, and today at the first hearing they suggested that a representative of the ministry if culture will further for the alleged damage. The court postponed the hearing for November 14. That would not be a problem, except that the process postponed,” Bogoevski stated.
Bogoevski pleads not guilt, as he stated to the curious reporters outside the courtroom before leaving the court area.
“Zvrlevski (public prosecutor) are calling us crowd and I played no guilty. I do not accept that society is blaming me for the behavior, when the system allows for those on power to misuse the justice and occupy every aspect of the society,“ Bogoevski claimed.
The decision by the President Ivanov on April 12, which was later withdrawn, created riots and protests in Skopje, which lasted more than 80 days. Members of the “Colorful Revolution,” gave a momentum to the protest targeting with paint and colors the monuments of the controversial architecture project “Skopje2014,” and other state institutions. Members of opposition party SDSM arrived in support for Bogoevski, who appeared to their last congress, probably implying possible, but not confirmed political engagement for the next early general election.