Sunday, 13 May 2012
Violent Protests in Skopje, Macedonia After Arrest of Muslim Suspects
To make their point, there have been violent protests in Skopje, Tetovo, Kumanovo and Gostivar and other cities around Macedonia. The suspects are all Muslims and the protesters are demanding a fair trial. The background on Macedonia and the killing of the five men fishing can be found at Macedonia and Radical Islamism - Ethnic Thrive
Ethnic Albanians make up about one quarter of the population in Macedonia, while Orthodox Christians are the dominant majority. Ethnic groups composition as of 2002: Macedonian 64.18%, Albanian 25.17%, Turkish 3.85%, Roma 2.66%, Serb 1.78%.
Macedonia is a Parliamentary Democracy, which gets its authority from the 1991 constitution, which was amended in November 2001 by a series of constitutional amendments strengthening minority rights, in 2005 with amendments related to the judiciary, in 2009 related to the census for the election of president, and in 2010 with amendments allowing extradition of Macedonian citizens to third countries. The Prime Minister is the head of gouvernment. The legal system is based on civil law; judicial review of legislative acts. Macedonia became independent from the Former Yugoslavia in 1991.
Live Blog of the Protest from Balkan Insight
More on Macedonia Wikileaks
Timeline Former Yugoslavia 1918 - 2006
White Book PDF - Background on Macedonia