For UK’s Guardian (as trying to find a neutral source), the EU and Nato have pleaded for calm in FYROM after nationalist protesters stormed the parliament in Skopje last Thursday, attacking politicians (as the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) party leader Zoran Zaev) and journalists. The unrest erupted over the election of Albanian deputy Talat Xhaferi, a former UCK Commander, as speaker of the parliament.
It’s one of the most alarming developments in that Balkan nation since it lurched into political gridlock more than two years ago.Angry nationalists, some wearing black masks to hide their faces, are suspected of leading the charge inside of the building, where they threw chairs, camera equipment, and punches. Later, they continued the violence outside as they battled riot police, who have since cordoned off the area around parliament.
Following the outbreak of violence in the “Macedonian” FYROM’s parliament the country has found itself split in two, journalist Milenko Nedelkovski told Sputnik Serbia. For her part, MGIMO professor Elena Ponomareva believes that the crisis is part of a broader strategy aimed at uniting the Albanians of the Balkans into a larger national entity. “Macedonia” is stuck in a big mess with no obvious means to get out, BBC Balkans reporter Guy De Launey says.