Comment 02 May 17

Macedonia: A Country Descending into Lawlessness

Attacks on MPs inside the parliament show that Macedonia’s political crisis is spinning out of control, so the EU and US must act now to stop the situation deteriorating further.

Erwan Fouere
BIRN
Zoran Zaev, the leader of the main opposition party, the SDSM, and head of the proposed government coalition following the December elections. Photo: Anadolu Agency

Once again Macedonia has hit the world headlines.

With the violence that erupted in parliament last week, the images that will now spring to mind when people see the daily ‘Invest in Macedonia’ advertisements on CNN will not be financial opportunities but rather the bloodied faces of senior politicians inside the parliament building.

Above all it will be the iconic image of Zoran Zaev - the leader of the main opposition party, the SDSM, and head of the proposed government coalition following the December elections - with blood pouring down his face, together with his equally bloodied fellow MPs in parliament.

The images show them facing an unruly mob closing in on them like a pack of wolves surrounding their prey, ready for the kill.

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