Hello to our dear friends and readers from around the world. Today we’re liveblogging what is expected to be the biggest of the ongoing anti-government protests in Macedonia yet. We’ll try to update this very live(ish) blog as frequently as possible. We’ve also got a few great people on the ground in Skopje who will also be sending us information throughout the day, so do check back!
As usual, we invite you to send us your tips, photos, thoughts, anecdotes, or video clips to editor@balkanist. Alternatively, you can tweet any photos or info you might want to share with a wider audience to @balkanist.
1515: From Jack Davies:
Albanian and Macedonian flags flying side by side everywhere I look. So much for ethnic conflict. #протестирам
— Jack Davies (@jackoozell) May 17, 2015
1510: Excerpts from Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on protests in Macedonia. Predictable.
1455: RT also has a livestream of the protests:
1445: Livestream of the protests in Skopje. Apparently no Macedonian stations are broadcasting it, but this Albanian station is:
1435: All of our recent Macedonia coverage:
1425: The crowd.
— Vincent Triest (@VincentTriest) May 17, 2015
1400: Protests across the region and Europe in support of Macedonia:
We also have word that there are similar solidarity protests in Paris and Brussels, but don’t have any details. Let us know if you do. Most importantly, tweet or email us photos (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you attend such an event!
I believe the demonstration in Skopje today will be peaceful and impressive. Key is what happens afterwards. http://t.co/zmEZSxLifa
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) May 17, 2015
— #Протестирам (@protestiram) May 17, 2015