[Editor’s Note: Orthodox Christians are in the majority in Macedonia. This colour revolution is following the same patterns as seen in Egypt, Syria and Eastern Ukraine. The persecution of Orthodox Christians. Macedonia has closed their borders to Muslim “refugees”that Turkey and Soros have funded to flood the EU. For this reason they have now instigated yet another “colour revolution.”]
Albanian political parties in Macedonia protest as they join early election boycott
from Veterans Today:
Ian Greenhalgh: SKOPJE, MACEDONIA – MAY 09: Ethnic Albanians wave Albanians and the EU flags as well as shout slogans during a protest named “Justice, Prosperity and Democracy” organized by the Albanian opposition in Skopje, Macedonia on May 09, 2016. Protesters demand the resignation of President Gjorge Ivanov over his decision to block judicial proceedings against top politicians embroiled in a wire tapping scandal. Demonstrations has been continuing about three weeks. ( Ilin Nikolovski – Anadolu Agency )
We have been watching events in the Balkans and Macedonia in particular with keen interest in recent months. This is because we are aware of efforts to destabilise both Macedonia and the wider region.
Macedonia is a country riven by inter-ethnic tensions between the Albanian Muslims and Serb Orthodox Christians that make up the population of this small but strategically significant country.
The fear is that a repeat of the Maidan coup that placed Ukraine in the hands of criminals who answer to an international organised crime cabal will be repeated in Macedonia; this would provide the spark that ignited the whole Balkan region into conflict as Serbia is very unlikely to stand by while ethnic Serbs in Macedonia are abused in a similar way to the ethnic Russians in Eastern Ukraine.
The Balkans remains a tinderbox that could easily ignite into yet another bloody war and there are outside forces such as Erdogan’s Turkey who would leverage and exploit such a conflict to further their own nefarious agendas.
Largest Albanian protest in history held in Macedonia
Macedonia’s Albanian opposition held a protest Thursday with a participation of 30,000 people calling for an end to the political crisis.
Two parties, Albanian Democratic Union for Integration and Democratic Party of Albanians, announced on Wednesday they will join a boycott of the parliamentary election on June 5 in protest over government control of the media and state bodies, raising doubts about the viability of the poll.
Macedonia has been in turmoil since February last year, when the opposition accused then-Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his counter-intelligence chief of wiretapping more than 20,000 people.
The party boycotts came after a month of anti-government protests, dubbed a “Colour Revolution”, which have seen demonstrators splatter government buildings and monuments in the capital Skopje with brightly-coloured paint.
Two ethnic Albanian parties have joined the main opposition SDSM party in refusing to take part in the early election, which was called last month as part of an EU-brokered deal to end a political crisis in the Balkan country.
The three parties declined to register candidates before a midnight deadline, meaning the ruling VMRO-DPMNE would be the only major party to stand.
“We are not going to submit lists of MPs,” said Bujar Osmani from the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) ahead of the deadline.
Luan Tresi from the Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) also confirmed his party’s boycott, saying the “minimum conditions for holding credible elections” were not in place.
The DUI and DPA represent Macedonia’s ethnic Albanians, around a quarter of the country’s two million people, and the DUI is the junior partner in the coalition government.
The crisis in Macedonia erupted last year when the SDSM accused then prime minister Nikola Gruevski of wiretapping some 20,000 people, including politicians and journalists, and said the recordings revealed high-level corruption.
The scandal triggered major protests on both sides, with the government denying the allegations. The EU subsequently stepped in to mediate.
But the crisis intensified last month after a shock decision from President Gjorge Ivanov to pardon to more than 50 public figures involved in the scandal.
This sparked further rallies by both pro and anti-government camps in the deeply divided country.
The “Colour Revolution” continues to draw a few thousand people to Skopje’s streets most evenings, with each protest ending in a flurry of paint-hurling.
A special envoy from Germany, Johannes Haindl, was due to arrive in Skopje Thursday to help resolve the situation following discussions between Macedonian parties and Western diplomats.
The EU has also said conditions for free and fair polls have not been met, and warned the breakdown of the EU-brokered deal reached last summer would have “serious consequences” for Macedonia.
Macedonia has been a candidate for EU membership since 2005 but is yet to open accession talks.
It has had close dealings with Brussels over the refugee crisis, closing its borders to thousands trying to reach northern Europe from Greece.