Time: 11:45 p.m. CEST
Photography, videography and writing by Aleksandra Dukovska
Red and Yellow protesters marked their 36th day marching from the Government building in support of the unitary character of Republic of Macedonia and opinion against Tirana’s platform, a document that created new wave of protests in Macedonia and prolongation of the political crisis in the country. Large number of protesters of all ages marched with the state flag and protested at the building of the Delegation of the European Union in Skopje.
Hours before the announced protest, President of the European Council, Donal Tusk talked with President Gjorje Ivanov separately and after that meeting, delegations of the European Union and state officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Poposki, and other representatives of the Army, military intelligence hold another meeting dedicated to the security challenges in the region.
After the meeting, Tusk and Ivanov held joint news conference in which Ivanov repeated his opinion about two requirements he addressed to president of SDSM, Zoran Zaev after receiving the signatures for new parliamentarian majority.
Tusk praised the activities of Macedonia in closing of the Balkan Route, but also talked about political crisis in the country. “It is for you to find solution based on democratic principles, decency, and common sense,” Tusk stated before the end of the news conference without opportunity for questions. Ivanov talked that the European Union is responsible for only two agreements, Ohrid Framework Agreement and Przino Agreement and requested from the political parties to focus on the urgent reform priorities, and not to the platforms created in foreign states. Ivanov requested opening of the Chapters 23 and 24 of the EU acquis, which judiciary, fundamental rights, justice, freedom and security.