Architecture and aggression in Skopje

posted by istanbul on 2009/03/29 16:15

[ From the Media ]

Yesterday (March 28, 2009) two groups of protesters clashed on Skopje's main square (video). One of which, curiously enough, was composed of students of architecture seeking to voice their concerns ("do not rape Skopje") over the planned construction of a new church (pic) on the said square, a critical public space in the centre of Skopje which they desired to remain open. The other group, reportedly five times as numerous, was not quite as peaceful. As Ana Petruseva blogs, "most of them were not even from Skopje but were brought in by buses from Gostivar and other towns to tell the people of Skopje they need a church." Later that day, Prime Minister Gruevski sided with the hooligans. Read the sad conclusion by the aforementioned blogger here; updates (in English) at skopje2803.blogspot.com; a facebook group ("the first architectural uprising") here.

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