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Tensions flare over budget in FYR Macedonia

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Tensions flare over budget in FYR Macedonia


Tensions flared outside the national parliament in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Riot police intervened to separate pro- and anti-government supporters as angry insults turn into violence.

The stand-off is due to a row over the 2013 budget plan. Protestors pelted each other with bottles and stones. Local media say at least six people were injured.

The government proposed a spending plan of 2.4 billion euros, but the opposition thinks is too extravagant and want it cut. Parliamentary speaker and opposition leader Trajko Veljanovski was evacuated from the chamber by security guards.

Inside, opposition MPS scuffled with their pro-government counterparts to try and stop the debate getting underway.

Security guards then forced opposition members out of the parliament building. The government eventually pushed through the vote by 64 to 4 in favour of the budget proposal.

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