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.
Presentation and debate, My Voting Rights Project
CIVIL – Center for Freedom will hold a presentation of its latest conclusions on manipulations and voting rights violations in the Republic of Macedonia on March 31, 2015 (Tuesday), GEM Club (Old Town), starting at 11 am.
Materials on the project and reports on findings from elections related events and situation will be shared at the presentation.
Except for the media, this event is open to civil society organizations, representatives of political parties, and others.
This is a video footage on the Fighting Right-Wing Populism in Europe project. Civil – Center for Freedom was one of the partners of CRISP (Germany), along with civil society organization from several European countries. The project continues.
Following the disclosure of recordings from the wiretapped conversations related to the local elections in 2013 by the opposition yesterday (March 6, 2015), it becomes even clearer how electoral processes in the country are conducted. The latest findings are another bitter confirmation of the numerous public appearances and elections monitoring reports of CIVIL – Center for Freedom. Therefore, we need to remind the national and international public of our elections monitoring reports in 2013 and 2014, as well as to remind all institutions and individuals who had and still have the authority and obligation to react: they did not respond to our findings on serious violations of voting rights, huge manipulations and abuse of the Constitution.
Reporters without Borders (RSF) and Civil – Center for Freedom strongly condemn the illegal wiretapping of journalists in the Republic of Macedonia and demand immediate measures to restore justice and the rule of law there. According to opposition leader Zoran Zaev, the Macedonian government illegally eavesdropped on some 100 journalists in order to cement control over the media.