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FYR Macedonia: opposition supporters turn up heat on prime minister

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By Euronews
FYR Macedonia: opposition supporters turn up heat on prime minister

<p>Hundreds of opposition supporters are continuing to camp outside a government building in Skopje, capital of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.</p> <p>They are calling for Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to go.</p> <p>It comes in the wake of a long-running wiretap scandal and a recent shootout between police and ethnic Albanian gunmen that left 18 dead in a border town. </p> <p>“We’re insistent. We demand the prime minister and the entire government resigns. We’re not going away until they tell us that’s he gone,” said one of the opposition supporters. </p> <p>The demonstrators pitched their tents after an opposition rally on Sunday, which attracted tens of thousands of people. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="es"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Far from the thousands promised but a small group remain camped out outside the govt building in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Skopje?src=hash">#Skopje</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Macedonia?src=hash">#Macedonia</a> <a href="http://t.co/jMwI0HqHLJ">pic.twitter.com/jMwI0HqHLJ</a></p>— Lizzie Phelan (@LizziePhelan) <a href="https://twitter.com/LizziePhelan/status/600233209184542720">Mayo 18, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>A pro-government protest has been called for Monday evening in front of the parliament building. It is less than a kilometre from where the opposition activists are camped out.</p> <p>Opposition supporters say they will do everything they can to stop it taking place. </p> <p>The crisis rocking Gruevski’s nine-year conservative rule is the worst since Western diplomacy dragged the country from the brink of all-out civil war during an ethnic Albanian insurgency in 2001.</p> <p>Since February, Gruevski has faced a wave of embarrassing revelations against him and his ministers, contained in taped conversations that appear to expose tight government control over journalists, judges and the conduct of elections.</p>