The recent developments could cut the bonds between the Albanian community and their political representation and send Macedonia into a new crisis.
Tahir Selim / Skopje
Old wounds were reopened in Macedonia recently when the courts sentenced six ethnic Albanians to life in prison for the murder of five Macedonians two years ago, leading to protests.
The protests originally began as a stand against injustive but as the issue deepened, the increasing demonstrations by Macedonia’s ethnic Albanian Muslims began to take on new dimensions.
The protesters have doubts over the fairness of the trials, and accuse Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s government of stirring nationalism. The formation of the Democratic Integration Union, which allowed the anti-Macedon guerilla movement UCK to enter politics as of 2001, is also an important point worth dwelling on.
Many Albanians in Macedonia see the government as being ultra-nationalist, and feel Gruevski’s government has broken down the…
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