Macedonia Protests Go On against Blanket Amnesty in Wiretapping Case

Southeast Europe | April 19, 2016, Tuesday // 09:21|  views


Demonstrators took to the streets of Skopje for yet another evening to call for the resignation of President Gjorge Ivanov, but also demanding he reverse a blanket amnesty for 56 politicians over a case of massive wiretapping.

Thousands of citizens gathered in the central area of Macedonia's capital, hurling eggs at the Special Prosecutor's Office, the Parliament, the Culture Ministry, and other institutions, local media report.

There were no reports of violence and clashes with police.

Other cities, like Shtip and Kumanovo, also saw street protests.

The latest developments follow last week's decision of President Ivanov to halt proceedings into many involved in the affair that in 2015 triggered a political crisis.

Two days later, Parliament Speaker Trajko Veljanoski signed a document setting June 05 as the date of the country's early vote, despite calls from opposition socialists that elections be postponed and concerns raised by the EU and the US that the vote might not be held in a fair and democratic way under the present circumstances.

The EU meanwhile engaged in another round of talks in a latest effort to bring Macedonian politicians together.

On Friday, April 22, the biggest four political parties of the country will meet in Vienna, in a meeting attended by EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and EU officials engaged in observing the implementation of the Przino agreement, under which Macedonian leaders had voted to work toward political stability.

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