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Macedonia: Scuffles erupt at anti-government protest in Skopje01:44

Macedonia: Scuffles erupt at anti-government protest in Skopje

the Republic of North Macedonia, Skopje
April 12, 2016 at 23:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Scuffles erupted at a protest against Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov's decision to abolish an ongoing wiretapping investigation Skopje on Tuesday evening.

The halted investigation that included looking into alleged organised crime, electoral fraud and assassination cover ups by high-ranking government officials, including former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, has resulted in thousands taking to the streets of the Macedonian capital.

The protesting crowd gathered in front of the President's Popular Office before marching to the ruling party VMRO DPMNE's headquarters nearby, where scuffles erupted when they were prevented from reaching the building by riot police.

Opposition leader Zoran Zaev held a press conference shortly following the announcement of the president's decision, saying that 'justice is dead' and that the opposition and the people 'will use all available tools' to dismantle the government's ruling coalition of VMRO DPMNE and DUI. Zaev also announced a new wave of protests in the forthcoming period.

In September 2015, a special prosecution team was agreed on between the four major parties of the country. The special prosecution was handed the responsibility of looking into more than 500,000 audio recordings of wiretapped conversations between high-ranking government officials, such as Gruevski and his close collaborators, allegedly revealing organised crime, electoral fraud and assassination cover ups.

Macedonia: Scuffles erupt at anti-government protest in Skopje01:44
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Scuffles erupted at a protest against Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov's decision to abolish an ongoing wiretapping investigation Skopje on Tuesday evening.

The halted investigation that included looking into alleged organised crime, electoral fraud and assassination cover ups by high-ranking government officials, including former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, has resulted in thousands taking to the streets of the Macedonian capital.

The protesting crowd gathered in front of the President's Popular Office before marching to the ruling party VMRO DPMNE's headquarters nearby, where scuffles erupted when they were prevented from reaching the building by riot police.

Opposition leader Zoran Zaev held a press conference shortly following the announcement of the president's decision, saying that 'justice is dead' and that the opposition and the people 'will use all available tools' to dismantle the government's ruling coalition of VMRO DPMNE and DUI. Zaev also announced a new wave of protests in the forthcoming period.

In September 2015, a special prosecution team was agreed on between the four major parties of the country. The special prosecution was handed the responsibility of looking into more than 500,000 audio recordings of wiretapped conversations between high-ranking government officials, such as Gruevski and his close collaborators, allegedly revealing organised crime, electoral fraud and assassination cover ups.

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