Zoran Zaev

EU Commissioner Calls on Macedonian Opposition to Return to Parliament

EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn called on the Macedonian opposition to return to parliament in order to defuse the heightened political tensions, which have recently gripped the country.

Hahn said this after a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Thursday, the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA) informs.

Macedonian Police Detain Two Anti-Government Protesters

The Macedonian police detained two protesters and filed misdemeanour charges against them after the anti-government demonstrations in front of the parliament building on Wednesday.

This was announced by Assistant Minister of Interior Ivo Kotevski on Thursday, when Police Day is observed in Macedonia.

Two Injured in New Macedonia Opposition Protests

A photoreporter and a police officer have been injured in Wednesday's protests in Macedonian capital Skopje as demonstrators gathered for a second night to demand that the government stepped down.

Wednesday's gathering in front of the Macedonian Parliament was more peaceful that the previous one, which on Tuesday evening left dozens wounded.

Police Clashes with Macedonian Protesters Over Anti-Government Turmoil

Over 2,000 protesters clashed with Macedonian police officers in the center of the capital Skopje, as they demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister.

The main reason for the turmoil was a wiretapping scandal that involves Macedonian PM and leader of nationalist VMRO-DPMN party Nikola Gruevski, Reuters reported.

Macedonian Opposition Hurls New Accusations at Government, Protesters Gather

The political tensions in Macedonia remain heightened as the opposition SDSM leader Zoran Zaev hurled fresh accusations against the government.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Zaev stated that he will expose facts proving that the state leadership and the interior ministry plotted in the cover-up of a 2011 police killing.

Macedonia Officials Attempted Murder Cover-Up, Opposition Claims

Releasing the latest in a series of wiretapped tapes on Tuesday, opposition Social Democrats leader Zoran Zaev said the conversations in the new batch of recordings prove the authorities tried to cover up the killing of 21-year-old Martin Neskovski.

Neskovski was beaten to death the night that the ruling VMRO DPMNE celebrated its election victory on June 6, 2011.