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Ethnic Unrest Continues For Second Night In Macedonian Capital

Macedonian Protesters Face Off With Policei
May 21, 2014
Protesters gathered in the Macedonian capital, Skopje, for a second night on May 20 in the wake of the murder of a 19-year-old man, allegedly by an ethnic Albanian perpetrator. Police blocked off streets in the Gjorce Petrov district and used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowds. A strong police presence remained in the streets the following morning. On the first night of unrest, on May 19, rioters destroyed several shops and cafes owned by ethnic Albanians. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
Watch: Macedonian protesters face off with police in Skopje
By RFE/RL's Balkan Service
There has been a second night of violent unrest amid ethnic tensions in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, as young ethnic Macedonians clashed with police in the city's Gjorce Petrov district.
Demonstrators gathered on the evening of May 20 to protest the murder of a 19-year-old ethnic Macedonian man, allegedly by an ethnic Albanian.
On May 19, a crowd of ethnic Macedonians went on a rampage in the neighborhood, damaging shops and cafes owned by ethnic Albanians.
Police confirmed the death leading to the protests is being investigated as a murder, and that a suspect has been arrested.
RFE/RL correspondents say the entire district was blocked by a strong police presence on May 20 as authorities used tear gas and stun grenades against demonstrators, injuring dozens.
Police have forced reporters, including RFE/RL correspondents, to erase video of the violence.
With reporting by the Macedonian Unit of RFE/RL’s Balkan Service

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