The police took away the cellphones of arrested and detained activists during the police action against the protesters,as of May 5. All they were told was that those phones would be given for further examination. Yet even after 22 days, no explanation has been given for these actions of the police.
Exhibition “Colours of Freedom”in the Camp of Libertyinfront of the government, May 26, 2015, 19:30
The Colors ofFreedomis the titleofthe series ofartworkshopsinitiated byCIVIL –Center for Freedom,as part ofthe activitiesin the organization of the coalition “Citizensfor Macedonia”. During theholidayweekend, severalartists painted on thetheme offreedomin the Campof Liberty (#Farewell Nikola) in front of the government building. Their works will be displayed tonight at 19:30 pm in front of the government.
Two police officers visited CIVIL yesterday at 12:40 pm. Two uniformed policemen entered the courtyard which is privately owned, and in which three members of the coordination team of the organization were sitting, with the words “you are suspicious,” as if joking. Even though being uniformed, they said they were not in an official visit.
CIVIL – Center for Freedom demands that phones be immediately handed back to protesters who were detained for 24 hours on May 5. The phones were taken away from the protesters after their release, with the argument that they would be needed for further investigation. The phones of the detained were seized without a warrant and that represents a violation of the law.
Immense pressure is made on employees in the administration, but also on the public in general to attend tonight’s counter-protest organized by the government. According to information from the ground that CIVIL has received within the past few days, and from the fieldwork of the CIVIL team Media, misuse of public resources has been noted, imprecise sources of financing of tonight’s event, as well as abuse of managerial positions in the institutions at the local and national level, through which pressures are being forced.
This year, the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence will be marked in the period 11 – 18 May 2015. This global action is an initiative of the International Action Network on Small Arms, IANSA. The third day of this week (13 May 2015) coincides with the Security Council Open debate on Small Arms.