27 Arrested, 6 Injured in 2nd Day of Riots in Skopje

World | May 21, 2014, Wednesday // 09:32
Bulgaria: 27 Arrested, 6 Injured in 2nd Day of Riots in Skopje Macedonian special police forces arrest a protestor in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 20 May 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

At least 6 people were injured and 27 arrested in Skopje in a second night of unrest sparked by after the murder of a teenager in a western suburb of the Macedonian capital.

Local police blocked access to the Albanian-populated Saraj area in a bid to prevent serious clashes.

The protests broke out Monday after the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect, reportedly a member of the country's Albanian minority, for the murder of a 18-year-old high-school graduate in the Gjorce Petrov suburb while he was trying to prevent a thief from stealing a bicycle.

The angry citizens torched dustbins and broke shop windows on Monday.

During Tuesday's protest, stones and metal objects were hurled at police officers. The clashes left a number of police officers injured, police cars were broken, and the crowd attacked shops, cafes and restaurants believed to be owned by ethnic Albanians

Local and central authorities called for an alleviation of tension after the accident in order to preserve the fragile ethnic peace.

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