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    Anti-Government Protests in Macedonia (31)

    Dozens of members of the Macedonian opposition party have spent a second night in a tent camp just outside a government building in the country's capital of Skopje, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday.

    SKOPJE (Sputnik) — The protesters say they will remain in the camp until the country's current government resigns.

    On Monday, a mass pro-government rally took place less than a mile away from the opposition camp. According to local media, the event was attended by some 90,000 people. After that, the camp was placed under enhanced protection by Macedonian police.

    No incidents have been reported.

    Macedonian opposition, led by Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) head Zoran Zaev, blames the government of current Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for the country's social and economic woes, accusing several members of the Cabinet of corruption and criminal offense. Protesters also claim that the results of the April 2014 parliamentary elections were rigged.

    After an anti-government demonstration on Sunday, Zaev called on his supporters to stay by the government building until the Cabinet resigns. The opposition politician demands the creation of a transitional government and early parliamentary elections.

    Gruevski denies all accusations and says that Zaev merely desires power using undemocratic methods.

    Anti-Government Protests in Macedonia (31)


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