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Macedonia: Anti-govt. protests continue in Skopje01:42

Macedonia: Anti-govt. protests continue in Skopje

the Republic of North Macedonia, Skopje
April 18, 2016 at 22:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands took to the streets of Skopje for the seventh day, Monday, as mass protests calling for the resignation of Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov continue in the Macedonian capital.

The march started from Skopje’s prosecutor’s office, moving through the city centre near several government institutions before ending in front of the government building. In contrast to previous protests – when riot police blocked off government buildings and cordoned off the parliament – the protesting crowd was granted free movement throughout the city. Monday’s protest ended peacefully with no incidents reported.

The demonstrations, which began on April 12, erupted following 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: Anti-govt. protests continue in Skopje01:42
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Thousands took to the streets of Skopje for the seventh day, Monday, as mass protests calling for the resignation of Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov continue in the Macedonian capital.

The march started from Skopje’s prosecutor’s office, moving through the city centre near several government institutions before ending in front of the government building. In contrast to previous protests – when riot police blocked off government buildings and cordoned off the parliament – the protesting crowd was granted free movement throughout the city. Monday’s protest ended peacefully with no incidents reported.

The demonstrations, which began on April 12, erupted following 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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