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Government of North Macedonia strongly condemns the attacks on journalist Tanja MIlevska and calls for quick response

The Government of North Macedonia condemned the attacks with hate speech on journalist Tanja Milevska, MIA's correspondent from Brussels, or any other journalist and citizen. "The Government strongly supports the freedom of speech and free press and has a zero-tolerance for intimidation and threats directed at journalists. Safe reporting and freedom of thought, speech, and action in the media are...

AJM condemns attack on crew from TV21 by relatives of mayor of Aracinovo

The Association of Journalists of Macedonia has strongly condemned the attack on a journalist and cameraman from TV21 by close relatives of the mayor of Aracinovo Milikije Halimi from SDSM. "Yesterday, after the TV21 team recorded a segment about  complaints of the inhabitants of this municipality over the poor infrastructure, relatives of Mayor Halimi sent verbal threats to the television...

Prosecutor Vilma Ruskovska is not satsifed with Amnesty Law

After today's hearing on the violent incursion on Parliament, which took place on 27 April last year, came to an end, public prosecutor Vilma Ruskovska said that, as a prosecutor who had invested a lot of time and effort in the case, but also as a citizen, is not satisfied with the amnesty law. She pointed out that there will...

The court returns Chavkov and four others accused of the attack on Parliament to prison

Mitko Chavkov, the former director of the Public Security Bureau , Goran Gjoshevski, from the security of the former Parliament Speaker, Trajko Veljanovski, Dushko Lazarov and Oliver Popovski from the Ministry of Interior and Munir Pepic from the Intelligence Agency, were all re-arrested and transferred to the Shutka Investigative Prison regarding the violent events which took place in Parliament...

Gruevski joined in the protest and a stage is set in front of the Criminal Court

Around 300 of VMRO-DPMNE's supporters have gathered in front of the Criminal Court Skopje after VMRO-DPMNE's call for protest, in order to voice their discontent against the detention of MPs and other participants in the violent events that occurred on the 27th of April. The protestors began to gather in front of the Criminal Court around 13.30 h, and...

PPO is asking that Todorov’s attacker be remanded into custody

The Public Prosecutor’s Office have launched a preliminary investigation and have requested that Ljupco Stojanovski be remanded into custody, who yesterday fired a gun at the former Minister of Health, Nikola Todorov. “The suspect is being charged for two crimes, murder under Article 123 in relation to Article 19 and the illegal manufacture, possession and sale of weapons or explosive...

Little Tamara’s grandfather shoots at Nikola Todorov

Sixty-year-old L.S from the village of Kalaslari, Veles, shot at the former Minister of Health and member of the Executive Committee of VMRO-DPMNE, Nikola Todorov, confirmed the Ministry of Interior (MOI). They added that the suspect fired two rounds from a gun at Todorov. According to the MOI, there were no injuries. The gunman was immediately arrested and taken to...

MFA summons Serbian Ambassador to explain the presence of Serbian intelligence officer during the violence in Parliament

Today, the Serbian Ambassador, Dušanka Divjak-Tomić was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the presence of a counselor employed at the Serbian Embassy, Goran Živaljević in the Parliament building during the violent events. The ambassador refused to comment, but the Foreign Ministry stated that at the meeting, they expressed their dissatisfaction and concern about the unauthorized presence of...

It’s not a criminal act that a Serbian intelligence officer was in the Macedonian Parliament, says Vučić

The Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, after last night’s informal dinner with the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans, when asked by a journalist about the presence of an advisor of the Serbian Embassy in Skopje in the Parliament building during the violence on the 27th of April, he said that the embassy’s advisor didn’t commit any crimes nor...

Sela: The attack on me was a political assassination attempt

On the 27th of April, an assassination was attempted on the political demands and political needs of the Albanians in Macedonia, said today the leader of the Albanian Alliance, Zijadin Sela, during his first appearance in public after he was injured during the attack on the Parliament. "To a certain degree, they did manage to hurt us, but we came...

MoI has suspended 17 employees because of the violence that occurred at the Parliament

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has started an investigation and has temporarily suspended 17 employees because of the outburst of violence at the Parliament, announced today MoI. “The Department for inner control, criminal investigations and professional standards at the Ministry of Internal Affairs has begun a disciplinary procedure against 11 police officers and against 4 members of the Unit...

Hahn: If the violence occurs again, it will endanger Macedonia’s path to the EU

The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations said in an interview with the Austrian newspaper “Der Standard” that the attack on the Macedonian Parliament would not affect the country’s chances to start negotiations with the EU, but only if they do not repeat again. “I did not expect such an attack on Parliament, but unfortunately things can get worse....

SDSM: The Public Prosecution and MoI have to act in accordance with their public duty and the perpetrators will be held responsible

The Public Prosecution and MoI have to act in accordance with their public duty for an organized act, and the orderers, perpetrators and the criminals to be held responsible, said SDSM via its party announcement. “The parliamentary majority has accomplished its obligation towards the citizens with dignity, wisdom, and carefulness, as it is appropriate for new politicians that were...

VMRO-DPMNE: SDS owes the people an apology, whose revolt they deliberately caused

SDS brutally raped the will of the people and prevented the right of discussion with their democratically elected representatives, said VMRO-DPMNE in their statement. “SDS deliberately and violently, as announced by their journalists and experts, conducted a performance that they call an election of a Parliament Speaker and they did it with premeditation and put themselves, other MPs and employees...

Hoyt Yee today and tomorrow will meet with Ivanov, Xhaferi and the party leaders

The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Hoyt Brian Yee today and tomorrow in Skopje will meet with President Gjorge Ivanov, the party leaders and as the embassy says “Speaker of Parliament, Talat Xhaferi.” Deputy Assistant Secretary Yee except with Ivanov and Xhaferi, will meet with the political party leaders Nikola Gruevski, Zoran Zaev, Ali...

EU, US, OSCE and NATO: We are seriously concerned that authorities failed to prevent the attack

The EU delegation in Skopje, the US Embassy, OSCE Mission and the NATO Liaison Office in a joint statement strongly condemned, as they say, the organized attack on Parliament. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the organised attack on the Parliament which took place on 27 April. We express serious concern that the authorities failed to prevent it and...

The US condemns attacks on MPs, and calls for an investigation and accountability

The United States strongly condemns the attacks on members of the Macedonian Parliament. “The United States strongly condemns the violent attacks on members of the Macedonian parliament which followed the election of Talat Xhaferi as Speaker of Parliament. We will work with the new Speaker to support democracy and to help Macedonia move forward on its European path. Violence has...

8 people have been detained and Nuhiu replaces Chavkov as operational manager to MOI headquarters

Regarding yesterday’s violent events in Parliament, in which several MPs were injured, eight people have been detained at Gazi Baba police station, reported today at a press conference, Jordan Lamanovski, who is the assistant Minister for Public Relations and Strategic Issues within the MOI, who added that video footage had been provided to identify the perpetrators. Lamanovski stated that operational...

Albanian MFA: Politicians to show moderation and to avoid inflammatory rhetoric

The Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has issued an announcement to the general public to express its concern regarding the outbreak of violence at the Macedonian Parliament. “Such clashes and scenes of violence against representatives elected by the citizens of Macedonia is unacceptable and they're not worthy of a parliamentary democracy. Violence does not help in solving the situation....

Hahn condemns the attack on the MPs: Parliament is no place for violence

The European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, on his Twitter profile condemned the violence and the attack on the MPs at the parliament, stating that the democracy should continue on its course. I condemn the attacks on MPs in Skopje in the strongest terms. Violence has NO place in Parliament. Democracy must run its...