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Another 6 defendants receive conditional sentences for the July incidents in front of the Parliament of NMacedonia

During yesterday's hearing at the Basic Criminal Court in Skopje, 6 more defendants accused for the incidents that happened in front of the Parliament of North Macedonia on the 5th of July, during the protests against the French proposal, received conditional sentences. They pleaded guilty and received court sentences for "participating in mob violence." "All of the 6 defendants, pleaded...

Anti-EU protests in capital of North Macedonia, today new calls for violence

The anti-EU protest in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, that are openly supported by the opposition parties VMRO-DPMNE and Levica, will continue today, starting from the street in front of the Government and will continue across the Goce Delchev Bridge toward Mavrovka, then to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ministry and will end in front of the Parliament. The...

Missing Belarusian activist found dead in Ukraine

This story by Tanya Lokot originally appeared on Global Voices on August 3, 2021. It is republished under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only license.   Belarusian activist Vital Shyshou, who went missing in Ukraine on August 2, has been found dead in a park near his home in Kyiv, according to police reports. Shyshou, who left Belarus in the autumn of 2020 fearing...

Protest against police brutality in front of Czech Embassy in Skopje

Over 1000 citizens of North Macedonia participated in the July 3 protest in front of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Skopje, demanding justice and responsibility for the  murder of young Roma man, Stanislav Tomaš from Teplice, Czech Republic. Citizen movement AVAJA that organized the protest considers this murder the latest case of police brutality due to systemic...

Disinformation about Russian army entering the Belarus in order to quell the demonstrations

When the social networks and the chat services were flooded with videos containing military transporters and buses full of soldiers, claiming this is the Russian army that has either entered Belarus or "are about to enter" Belarus, the fact-checkers from Belarus have quickly debunked these claims as disinformation. As was stressed by Franak Viačorka, an analyst from Minsk, and a...

The distance between the riots in Skopje and the mosque in Ohrid is 175 km and 100 light years

With the formulation "Riots in Skopje: Macedonians are causing riots because of the arrival of the Turkish President Erdogan", the Serbian portal "Dnevno.rs" unsuccessfully tried to attract more readers by using a bombastic title for their article. It was placed on a normal article that was actually a reprinted news article by the Serbian news agency Beta about the visit...

US Embassy warning to employees: Avoid places where referendum protests are taking place

The US Embassy in Macedonia has issue a 'Demonstration Alert' to its employees telling them to avoid areas around Parliament and the city square during the referendum. The warning mentions critical dates and locations such as, Parliament on September 27 (today) at 19 o'clock as well as Parliament and the central city square on September 30 on the day of the referendum,...

Zaev: No need to send documents concerning financing protests to Greece

Today Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that there was no need for the Macedonian authorities to submit documents to Greek organizations that want to begin investigations that it was a Greek businessman of Russian origin who was named as the financier for the protests of the fan group “Komiti” in Macedonia. Zaev said that those statements of people were not...

Russian Embassy: Zaev and Sekerinska are spreading Russophobia, we expect an investigation into allegations

Yesterday evening, the Russian embassy reacted to allegations from Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that businessmen from Russia financed anti-government protests. Zaev made the statement in an interview with BuzzFeed News and then repeated it in response to a journalist’s question at the start of the construction of the American Dura plant in Bunardzik. The Embassy believes that the statement was guesswork, similar...

Russian Embassy: Zaev’s statement is politically irresponsible and a Russophobic tool

The Russian Embassy in Skopje said that today's statement by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that the "Komiti" (a known football supporters group) had been paid by Russian businessmen to instigate protests against the Agreement with Greece and Macedonia's membership to NATO and the EU, is politically irresponsible and a Russophobic tool. When asked about his allegations that Russian businessmen were...

Zaev for “BuzzFeed News”: Pro-Russian businessmen are paying for violent protests in Macedonia

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, in an interview with "BuzzFeed News", said pro-Russian businessmen are trying to stop the country from joining NATO by paying for violent protests. Zoran Zaev said his government has received multiple reports that “Greek businessmen” who are “sympathetic to the Russian cause” paid Macedonians amounts ranging from $13,000 to $21,000 to “commit acts of violence” ahead of the...

Reuters: Russian diplomats in Greece involved in “many illegal activities” in protests against Macedonia

The Russian diplomats that Greece is due to expel regarding interference in Greece's domestic affairs, as well as an attempt to undermine the agreement for the name with Macedonia, have been involved in "many illegal activities" related to protests against the Agreement in Greece, reports Reuters News Agency. The agency reports that Greece had issued official warnings to Russian authorities on...

25 demonstrators arrested and 7 police officers injured at protest outside Parliament

At last nights protest outside Parliament, 7 police officers were injured and 25 demonstrators were detained, stated the MOI. More details will follow today. "At yesterdays protest in Skopje, some of the protesters used explosive devices and violently pushed the protective fence, while forcefully trying to  enter Parliament. In order to prevent the situation escalating and a violent incursion of...

Protests planned across 13 cities in northern Greece, MFA advises caution to Macedonian citizens

Tonight, at 19.30h there will be coordinated protests across 13 cities in Northern Greece, where protestors will send a message that Macedonia is one country and it is Greek. Organizers are calling for protestors to bring the Greek flag, irrelevant of any political party affiliation. In many cities, demonstrations are supported by the local government, mayors, and also by the...

MFA warns against travelling to Greek cities where protests are being held tomorrow

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a warning to all citizens planning to travel to Greece tomorrow. The Greek organization “The Committee for the fight for the Greek character of Macedonia” has announced protests tomorrow in fourteen major cities in Northern Greece, all protesting against the use of the word “Macedonia”. Protests begin at 19 o’clock. The Ministry of...

Satirical Facebook page with Greek “bloodthirsty” posters deleted

The Greek satirical page on Facebook "Elinko Cristiano Ethno Edon "(the Greek-Christian Ethno-Eye), has been closed for ten days now, following the publication of posters on February 1 and 2, which were interpreted as nationalistic by the Macedonian media, believing that the images were calling for the participation of a mass protest against Macedonia in Athens Zarko Trajanoski claimed that...

Zaev: Threats, humiliation and causing fear in front of MPs’ homes is not acceptable

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev believes that the protests which are being organized in front of the MPs' private houses, create several criminal acts and he personally will protect their children from fear and terror, caused by the protesters. This was stated by Zaev at the Basic Court Skopje I, after today's hearing regarding the "Bribe" case. “Protests are permitted by...

Kotzias: The talks at Davos will show in which direction we are heading

The talks about certain issues on Wednesday at Davos will show where we are heading, was the reply the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Nikos Kotzias gave to a journalist about resolving the name dispute, reported the Macedonian Informative Agency (MIA). "No one is pushing us, nor we are letting anyone push us. Of course, Greek diplomacy is using...

Janeva: I don’t pursue people according to their names and positions but according to evidence

"I would be very happy if these people are innocent and if all charges against them are dropped. If someone has proof that I work against certain people or something similar, I dare him to say that publicly" said today the Public Prosecutor, Katica Janeva when she was asked to comment the findings from yesterday's press conference by VMRO-DPMNE's...

Six years after the murder of Neskovski, the effort to cover it up is still relevant

Today marks the sixth year anniversary since protests erupted against police brutality after the murder of Martin Neskovski on June the 5th, 2011, during the celebrations of VMRO-DPMNE’s electoral victory. At the beginning of last year, the Special Prosecutor's Office took over jurisdiction of the Neskovski murder case. The SPO reports that the case is still in a pre-trial procedure. The police...