Protests in Macedonia after arrests for 5 slayings
posted May 11 2012 2:09PM
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - Several thousand people, mainly ethnic Albanians, have protested in Macedonia's capital of Skopje and other cities to demand a fair trial for five people suspected in the slayings of five fishermen.
The slayings have raised tensions in the Balkan country because the suspects are all Muslims.
The five have been charged with terrorism-related offenses over last month's killings. The government has described the suspects, two of whom remain at large, as radical Islamists.
Protesters at Friday's rally in Skopje chanted "Muslims are not terrorists!" Several stone-throwing youths smashed windows in government offices and court buildings, but no arrests were reported. A policeman and a cameraman were reportedly slightly injured.
Hundreds of people also joined protests in the cities of Tetovo, Kumanovo and Gostivar.