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Small-scale ethnic Macedonian protests in FYR Macedonia likely to continue, arson attacks against vehicles, buildings probable

20 March 2018


On 18 March 2018, several dozen people protested in front of the private home of Frosina Remenski, an MP from the ruling centre-left Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) Macedonia.

The demonstration was against the adoption of the Law on the Use of Languages, granting the Albanian language broader official use by public authorities throughout the country. The initiative is a key long-standing aspiration for the Albanian minority and strongly opposed by the opposition Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE). The Law was passed in January, but vetoed by President Gjorge Ivanov (see FYR Macedonia: 12 January 2018: FYR Macedonia's approval of law on Albanian language use increases government stability, eases adoption of EU legislation).

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