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Thousands protest for early elections in Macedonia

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Thousands of Macedonian opposition supporters protested Saturday against the actions of the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party, demanding early elections following violence in the country's parliament and on the streets a week ago.

SDMS deputies were ejected from parliament last week after blocking the adoption of the 2013 budget. Journalists were also expelled.

The ruling coalition, led by VMRO, passed the budget, but supporters of the two blocs clashed in the street outside.

"We will push until the end and return this country to democracy, the opposition Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia (SDSM) chief, Branko Crvenkovski, said.

The rally on Saturday capped a week of smaller protests across the southernmost and poorest former Yugoslav republic.

Distributed by MCT Information Services
 

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