Saturday, May 05, 2012

1,500 protest in Macedonia after murder arrests

About 1,500 people have joined a protest by ethnic Albanians in Macedonia to demand a fair trial for five people suspected of murder in a case that has raised ethnic tension in the tiny country.

The five have been charged with terrorism-related offenses over the murder of five Macedonian fishermen last month. Two of the suspects remain at large.

The government has described the suspects as radical Islamists.

Protesters at Friday's rally in the capital Skopje chanted "God is Great" and "Albanians are Muslims, not terrorists."

Several youths threw rocks at police, but no injuries or arrests were reported.

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