Kovachevski: Politicians should not involve citizens in violent protests

Dimitar Kovacevski
Dimitar Kovacevski / June 11, 2022 / Photo: EPA-EFE / Georgi Likovski

I strongly condemn yesterday's events, which fortunately did not result fatally for the citizens. No revolt can justify the use of firearms by civilians, stoning, damage to state property, encroachment on someone's life, the Prime Minister wrote today on his Facebook page. Dimitar Kovacevski.

He adds that the expression of dissatisfaction through peaceful protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right and that this Government has shown and proved several times that democracy is in the hands of the citizens and no one will deny them that right.

- But hatred and violence were not a solution and will never be a solution for anything. From the latest developments, hooligan behavior on the street has only one loser, and that is the Republic of North Macedonia, the Prime Minister emphasizes.

Kovachevski calls on political actors not to involve citizens in violent protests, as he says, by giving them false promises.

-Such scenarios are already well known to all of us. Yesterday we saw a terrible example of politicians who had an insurmountable tendency to play the role of victim, due to a great desire for power. Such "games" show the true face of those who hide behind the people. One day they encourage them to radicalism, the very next they withdraw and distance themselves from the citizens who previously manipulated them. I want to tell them - the bloody scenes in the legislature, on the streets across the country, are a past time that is behind us and to which I will never allow us to return, writes Prime Minister Kovacevski on Facebook.

The present, he adds, points us to other priorities, namely harmony and prosperity.

-In the Republic of North Macedonia, the institutions are functioning, hence every problem, question, is solved through dialogue. That's how a NATO member country works, that's how a country whose future is the EU works, that's how North Macedonia also works. At no time as a Government have we questioned the Macedonian identity and the Macedonian language. It is our duty to preserve the dignity of the citizens and we are doing that. We are a European government and we stand for European values, writes Prime Minister Kovacevski on his Facebook profile.

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