Protests rock Macedonia as outrage grows over wiretap pardons

SKOPJE: Thousands took to the streets of the Macedonian capital for a third consecutive day to protest against the president’s shock decision to halt probes into more than 50 public figures embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal.

The demonstrators, many of them supporters of the main opposition SDSM party, whistled and chanted “Resignation!” and “No justice, no peace!” an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Similar anti-government protests in the capital had turned violent on Wednesday, when demonstrators ransacked the offices used by President Gjorge Ivanov’s team and set fire to the furniture.

“We will not give up,” 53-year old protester Jasmina Stojkovska Simonovic told AFP, adding that she wanted the president “to reverse his decision (on the probe) or resign.”

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, who joined the latest protests, had earlier called for calm and AFP reporters late Thursday said the demos appeared to pass off without any serious incidents. Fresh protests have been called for Friday. AFP