The topic of today’s protests of the “Colourful Revolution” was the President’s decision to grant pardons, and citizens began their protest at their starting point, the Special Prosecutor’s Office and continued to the residence of President Gjorge Ivanov. Tonight demonstrators sent a message that they do not recognize “mass-pardons”.
They were met by a police cordon at the intersection of Aco Karamanov Street and Partenie Zografski Street. There, protesters uncovered what they have called a “monument of Jorge Paljurci”, and continued with their trademark, and threw paint at the image of the face of the President.
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As a sign of protest over the President’s decision to grant pardons, a protester with an Anonymous mask set fire to several photographs of Ivanov.
Where citizens had gathered to demand the resignation of President Ivanov, clips of the “bombs” were played, which were published last year by the opposition, the SDSM, according to party leader Zoran Zaev then, they were talking about negotiating fees for receiving tenders.
Also playing were the intercepted audio recordings of the conversations between former Director of UBK Sasho Mijalkov with the chief editor of TV “Sitel” Dragan Pavlovic-Latas, the conversation between the Minister of Finance, Zoran Stavreski, and former Interior Minister, Gordana Jankuloska, in which he said, “We are crazy, we have no bread, and we spend money on chocolate.”
Before the assembled citizens, analyst Ramadan Ramadani addressed the crowd who said that citizens do not recognize Ivanov as President because he was illegitimately elected. He demanded his resignation and said he would not stop until the pardons are revoked and that citizens will continue to protest until they achieve this goal.
Today’s protest received support from other cities in the country, and the citizens of Kumanovo were reminded of last year’s event in Divo Naselje, where eight police officers were killed. They sent a message to the writers and directors of the event, stating they should be held accountable for treason against the people, not sharing rewards for a successful job.