Today, the leader of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Gruevski, after the court hearing in the case regarding the violence in front of the Municipality of Centar in June, 2013, known to the public as “Shamari” (Slaps), in a statement to the media, accused the judiciary of ‘protectionism’.

“The hearing for court cases where members of VMRO-DPMNE are accused, are scheduled for two to three days, with a packed agenda, while the cases which Zoran Zaev is being charged for have been prolonged for months, which points to protection”, said Gruevski.

He did not want to comment on yesterday’s meeting with Zaev and President Ivanov, but he did say that he was summoned to calm tensions and that at the meeting he repeated his previous views on revanchism.

When he was asked whether the arrest of 36 people, including six MPs from his own party, meant that VMRO-DPMNE would leave Parliament, Gruevski said that such a decision has not been made.