Five thousand protesters took the streets tonight in Skopje. Special police force defended the government building for several hours. The peaceful protest turned into a violent clash between police and protesters. Police used force on protesters, including those sitting and peacefully protesting. Many protesters were severely beaten up, including elderlies and women, as well as journalists.
Dozens were arrested and still being held in police stations in different parts of the city. Police is raiding the streets at the moment, beating and arresting people who are suspected to have taken part in the protests.
The unrest has begun following the latest release of the wiretapped conversations between the highest government officials, revealing their attempt to cover-up the murder of a 22-year old Martin Neshkovski on the night of the electoral victory of VMRO-DPMNE on June 5, 2011.