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By Dona Kosturanova
Several thousand protesters took the street in front of the Government’s building in Macedonia, after the opposition in their ongoing uncovering wiretapping of conversation released audios on the cover up of the death of Martin Neshkovski. People gathered in the afternoon hours in front of the Government, and quickly a large group went over the barricades and continued the protest immediately in front of the building.
Citizens took down the flags in front of the building to half-mast, in grief for the life lost in 2011 and the situation today. People started throwing eggs, tomatoes and potatoes at the recently unveiled new plaster faux-baroque façade of the building, quickly turning parts of it yellow. Multicultural unity was seen, as people raised different national flags (Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian), holding, rising and even bounding them together. Protesters often stood with hands raised as a sign of non-violence.
People were chanting: “No justice – no peace”, “Common state”, “Together we are stronger”, “Murderes”, “Resignation”, “Come with us”, “Put down your shields”, “Do you have any children?”. One policeman took down his equipment and left positions, which was greeted with applause and hugs by protesters.
Five hours in, special police units came to dissolve the crowds in front of the building. Through formations, they aggressively cleared the streets[video: https://m.facebook.com/story.php…]
. People were sitting down and begging police to leave them be, but they were chased in violently, and had to stampede away. With the help of water cannons shadowing the officers and tear gas, the streets were cleared. Dozens of protesters and officers were injured. Police were seen beating people and detaining people that come in their sight, numb to heartbreaking cries and begging
Police squads patrolled streets until almost midnight dispersing the crowd. They even entered a student library and questioned and harassed students who protests and who study, some of which they detained.
The revolt on the streets will continue today.
The initial spark for the protest was that the leaked audios confirmed speculation on the officials cover up of the murder of a young man at the city square by a police officer at 2011. The incident then created month long protests asking for resignation from the Minister of Interior, who is still in power.
First published on Facebook.