Protesters raid Macedonian parliament, beat up M.P.s

Apr 28, 2017, 7:34 AM EDT
(Source: Ruben Holthuijsen/flickr)
(Source: Ruben Holthuijsen/flickr)

Macedonia’s parliament witnessed unprecedented scenes of chaos as a group of 200 protesters stormed into the assembly and attacked the Social Democrats Leader in protest against the election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker.

The ensuing clashes lasted for over seven hours, injuring more than 70 people, including MPs and police officers, writes Al Jazeera. Macedonia has been reeling under a political deadlock with no party being able to cobble up a coalition government since the last elections in December.

Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev, who has forged a parliamentary alliance with ethnic Albanian parties, faces the wrath of Macedonian nationalists, notes Reuters. President Gjorge Ivanov denied the mandate to Zaev to form the government, saying it “threatened the sovereignty of Macedonia.”