Protests escalate in Skopje, clashes between police and protesters

Violence and clashes between police and protesters were seen on the night of May 5 in front of the government building in Skopje.

The protest started as a quiet one at about 6.30pm, a few hours after the leader of the opposition published recorded materials of the head of the government relating to the concealment and manipulation of the murder of a young Macedonian man four years ago by a member of special forces and member of security personnel of PM Nikola Gruevski.

Protesters called for Gruevski’s government to resign. Some threw stones and eggs toward the government building.

But, several hours later the situation became even tenser, as the number of protesters was growing. The situation became violent when protesters attempted to enter the government building. Special units managed to disperse the crowd of protesters.

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