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Ethnic Unrest Erupts In Macedonian Capital

Young protesters and police faced off for a second night on May 20 amid ethnic tensions in the Macedonian capital, Skopje. Demonstrators gathered in the Gjorce Petrov district to protest the murder of a 19-year-old ethnic Macedonian man, allegedly by an ethnic Albanian. The previous night, May 19, a crowd of ethnic Macedonians went on a rampage in the neighborhood, damaging shops and cafes owned by ethnic Albanians. Police confirmed that the death leading to the protests is being investigating as a murder and that a suspect has been arrested.

Riot police arrest a protester in Skopje on May 20.
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Riot police arrest a protester in Skopje on May 20.

Riot police scuffle with protesters.
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Riot police scuffle with protesters.

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Protesters gather in the Gjorce Petrov district.
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Protesters gather in the Gjorce Petrov district.

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A business was damaged by rioters who attacked the property of ethnic Albanians in the neighborhood.
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A business was damaged by rioters who attacked the property of ethnic Albanians in the neighborhood.

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A woman cleans up after the riots on May 19.
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A woman cleans up after the riots on May 19.

Mourners lit candles for the 19-year-old victim who was murdered at his home.
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Mourners lit candles for the 19-year-old victim who was murdered at his home.

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