AP NEWS

Macedonia: 30 people on trial for storming into parliament

August 22, 2018

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Thirty people have gone on trial in Macedonia for their alleged role in a violent intrusion in parliament at the height of a political crisis last year.

More than a hundred people, including lawmakers and journalists, were injured in April 2017 incident, when protesters stormed into parliament to try and block the election of ethnic Albanian former defense minister Talat Xhaferi as speaker.

His election paved the way for the formation of a new coalition government led by Social Democrat Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

The defendants include former Interior Minister Mitko Cavkov and five opposition lawmakers.

They face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of endangering constitutional order.

The trial started Wednesday.

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.