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· June, 2011

Stories about Macedonia from June, 2011

Macedonia: Spin of the Day

The blog Spin of the Day [mk] documents various attempts to taint the protests against police brutality by the Macedonian government officials and their media handlers.

Macedonia: Taboo on Protesting Against Police Brutality

Ribaro wrote [mk] that public figures and music “stars” of Macedonia act as if the protests against police brutality are taboo, evidenced by their lack of participation offline and online....

Macedonia: New Parliament Assembles, Cements Election Victory for “Big Fish”

The newly-elected Macedonian Parliament held its initial session on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Its composition promises “more of the same” kind of politicking from the last few years.

Macedonia: .mk Twitter Republic

Protests continue in Macedonia, as the authorities keep silent about the people's demands of accountability, political responsibility and an end to police brutality. On Sunday, a new symbol was displayed...

Europe: “Greek Drama Doesn't Transcend Hellenic Borders”

Luboš Motl of The Reference Frame writes about the current economic situation in Greece and how it affects (or doesn't affect) other countries: “All the hysteria is man-made and unjustifiable...

Macedonia: How the Protests Started

Tamara Atanasoska posts a personal account of the beginning of the protests against police brutality in Skopje, Macedonia: “We were walking, a handful of people, […] not knowing each other,...

Macedonia: Spreading the Word About the Protests, in Spanish

Sina (meaning “Blue female”) started a blog to spread the word about the protests against police brutality to a wider global audience. Her first post is in Spanish.

Macedonia: Half a Decade of Blogging

Zoriv has just celebrated [mk] five years of blogging. During that time, he has produced 2,031 post and received 16,793 comments, showing by example that a regular citizen can maintain...

Macedonia: Pro-Government Media Promote Protest Impostors

On the eve of the big protest against police brutality scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Skopje, several pro-government media outlets tried to manipulate the public by showing an anti-opposition announcement...

Macedonia: Gathering Prohibited in a Public Space?

Vnukot informs that the Ministry of Culture has forbidden the protesters to gather on a small square behind the memorial house of Mother Teresa, violating their right to free assembly...

Macedonia: Protest Achievements So Far

As more people act upon the awareness that the increasing visibility abroad or among foreigners within Macedonia is an important aspect of the ongoing protests, translations and original tweets/blog posts...

Macedonia: Twitter as a Vehicle for the Protests

NewMediaMk has published an infographic about the use of Twitter by members of the Macedonian protest movement against police brutality.

Macedonia: Concerns Over Anti-Protest Collusion of Facebook and Police

The people currently protesting against police brutality in Macedonia have published an Open Letter to Facebook, expressing concern over “swift deletion policy” of their Facebook pages and events on behalf...

Macedonia: Reasons for Protesting

Bloggers from Macedonia consider the historical significance of the current protests against police brutality, in the context of democracy development.

Macedonia: Spreading the Word About Protest and Civic Journalism

IT.com.mk has published an interview [mk] about civic journalism with Vnukot, the blogger who is providing a consistent coverage of the protests against police brutality in Skopje. Also, Al Jazeera...

Macedonia: Protests Against Police Brutality/Murder Cover-Up Spread

Macedonians have been protesting for 5 days online and offline in Skopje, urging the authorities to "solve" the murder of a young man by a police officer who served as...

Macedonia: Shameless Refusal to Accept Responsibility

Andre Valé, a Portuguese living in Macedonia, wrote about the smoke-screen by responsible authorities, their media cronies, and the interior minister's “shameless” refusal to accept political responsibility for the killing...

Macedonia: Reminders of Unresolved Killings

Human rights activists have been spurred by the scandalous attempt to cover up the killing of Martin Neshkovski, which occured at the post-election celebration in Skopje, to remind about other...

Macedonia: More Anti-Police Brutality Rallies Planned

Elizabeth Flock of The Washington Post's BlogPost and Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing write about the protests against police brutality in Skopje; more reactions to the disturbing situation are at...

Macedonia: Online Community Prevents Murder Cover-Up

As announced, non-violent protests against brutal killing of a young man on Sunday continued on June 7 in Skopje. The police announced they would monitor social networks for troublemakers. Filip...

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