Ethnic clashes resumed after 30 arrested in Macedonia

Ethnic clashes resumed after 30 arrested in Macedonia

Skopje : Macedonia | Mar 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM PDT
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Macedonian police in the past few days delayed at least 30 participants in street clashes between the Albanian and Slav communities in the country, In fights between groups of young men armed with fittings, knives, baseball bats and similar weapons, dozens of people were injured.

In connection with an event in many cities across the country have stepped up security, the police moved on increased service. Simultaneously, the political leaders of both communities have called on their compatriots to refrain from violence and to resolve disputes in a civilized way.

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski promised to do everything possible to prevent an escalation of unrest, adding that the police have all the powers of the fact, "Anyone who is going to resort to violence should know that it will withstand all the force of law."

The riots began when the streets got the Albanian youth, enraged killing two of his peers during the clashes with police. The country's leaders have promised to investigate this incident and punish the guilty, if there are any.

A little less than a third 2.1-million population of the former Yugoslav republic by ethnic Albanians, mostly followers of Islam. They often come into conflict with the local Orthodox Slavs make up the majority of the population. Sometimes these conflicts translate into a fight.

In 2001, Macedonia was almost a civil war, when the local Albanians formed military units to fight for the secession of their areas. The conflict was resolved relative peace, leaving only the extended rights to Albanians.

Source : Associated Press

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