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Macedonia: Huge protest march demands Ivanov's resignation02:30

Macedonia: Huge protest march demands Ivanov's resignation

the Republic of North Macedonia, Skopje
April 15, 2016 at 20:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Another protest calling for the resignation of Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov took place in Skopje on Friday night. The march travelled from the Prosecutor’s office through the city centre and ended in front of the parliament building.

As the first 500 people gathered at the Prosecutor’s office, a huge crowd grew in front of the Macedonian parliament. Some reports indicate that nearly 100,000 demonstrators had gathered the night came to a close.

Riot police blocked off government buildings and cordoned of the parliament. After around 30 minutes, riot police retreated in front of the Government building, allowing the protesters to swamp the Boulevard Illinden. On Wednesday, a presidential office was ransacked by hundreds of anti-government protesters.

The Friday protests ended peacefully with no incidents reported.

The demonstrations, which began on Tuesday evening, erupted as a result of Ivanov's decision to abolish an ongoing wiretapping investigation. Ivanov confirmed that pardons would be issued for a total of 56 people from both the ruling coalition of VMRO DPMNE and DUI as well as members of opposition parties.

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.

Macedonia: Huge protest march demands Ivanov's resignation02:30
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Another protest calling for the resignation of Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov took place in Skopje on Friday night. The march travelled from the Prosecutor’s office through the city centre and ended in front of the parliament building.

As the first 500 people gathered at the Prosecutor’s office, a huge crowd grew in front of the Macedonian parliament. Some reports indicate that nearly 100,000 demonstrators had gathered the night came to a close.

Riot police blocked off government buildings and cordoned of the parliament. After around 30 minutes, riot police retreated in front of the Government building, allowing the protesters to swamp the Boulevard Illinden. On Wednesday, a presidential office was ransacked by hundreds of anti-government protesters.

The Friday protests ended peacefully with no incidents reported.

The demonstrations, which began on Tuesday evening, erupted as a result of Ivanov's decision to abolish an ongoing wiretapping investigation. Ivanov confirmed that pardons would be issued for a total of 56 people from both the ruling coalition of VMRO DPMNE and DUI as well as members of opposition parties.

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.

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