More than 15 Public Buildings and Monuments Vandalized during Anti-abolition Protests in Skopje

April 26, 2016, Tuesday @ 14:33 in Independent Insider » FEATURES | Views: 543
More than 15 Public Buildings and Monuments Vandalized during Anti-abolition Protests in Skopje The so-called 'Colorful Revolution' attacks by throwing paint balloons at state institutions. Photo: Radovan Vujovic

Monuments, buildings housing state institutions, shop windows are the target of the 12-day protests organized by NGOs and the 'I Protest' civil initiative, supported by opposition SDSM, held in Skopje and several other towns across Macedonia, Telegraf.mk reads.

The people's office of the chief of state suffered the greatest damage, which was completely demolished, while the other edifices and monuments were mainly attacked with eggs, in the beginning, and paint balloons, lately.

The list of vandalized buildings consists of 15 targets. Chronologically, Macedonians could witness the following buildings and monuments being vandalized:

- April 13, 2016, the windows and the entrance glass door of the presidential people's office and the Justice Ministry were damaged, and also part of the furniture inside;

- April 16 - the facade of the 'Macedonia Gate' was impaired by throwing paint balloons and eggs;

- April 17 - the facade of the 'Macedonia Gate' was again targeted with the same 'weapons';

- April 18 - the facade of the Culture Ministry building was damaged by throwing paint balloons and other items;

- April 20 - the facade of the building housing the City of Skopje administration was damaged by throwing paint balloons;

протест пред канцеларијата на Ѓорге Иванов и апсење на демонстранти Аболиција Протестирам

- April 20 - the sculpture depicting Prometheus facing the parliament building was damaged by throwing paint balloons;

- April 22 - the facade of the building housing the Media Agency was destroyed by throwing paint balloons

- April 22 - the facade of the Basic Court in Kumanovo was damaged by throwing paint balloons

- April 22 - the facade of the Basic Court in Ohrid and the building housing the Ohrid Municipality was damaged by throwing eggs;

- April 22 and April 25 - the facade of the building housing the Municipality of Bitola was damaged by paint balloons;

- April 23 the sculptures of the lions placed in front of the Goce Delcev bridge in central Skopje were 'attacked' by paint balloons;

- April 25 - the facade of the Foreign Ministry building suffered damages caused by paint balloons.

протестирам 25 04 2016 мнр со боја

So far, the Interior Ministry's sector in Skopje has received charges for criminal acts for the damage caused to the presidential people's office, the Justice Ministry, the 'Macedonia Gate' and the Culture Ministry.

Some of those believed to be behind the acts of vandalism have been sentenced to detention.

Thus, the Basic Court in Skopje has sentenced Zdravko Saveski, one of the leaders of the newly established radical left-wing party 'Levica', to an 8-day detention, while his passport was also taken away. One more member of Levica, Vladimir Kunovski, was also sentenced to detention and his passport was also revoked under the suspicion he committed the crime of 'participation in a mob that will commit a crime'.

Протест пред Агенција за медиуми

The two Levica members were interrogated by the court on Monday, and the Interior Ministry confirmed that criminal charges have been pressed against Saveski and Kunovski.

"Following the additional examination of the video footage, it was determined that Z.S. aged 39 from Bitola, with residence in Skopje, and V.K., aged 39 from Skopje, took part in the mob that demolished the people's office of the Macedonian president," the Interior Ministry said.

A video recording showing Saveski burning a photo of the President Ivanov and throwing a solid object toward the window, was also shared on social networks and by some media.

Tags: state institutions, monuments, paint balloons, vandalism, Zdravko Saveski, Levica