COLOURFUL REVOLUTION

Phil  Hatcher-Moore

Protestors in Macedonia have been out on the streets virtually every day, calling for an end to government corruption and impunity. They have covered buildings with paint in what has become dubbed the Colourful Revolution. The protestors target government institutions and buildings that are synonymous with the problems, said one of the leaders of the movement, Alexandar Bogoevski. “If we take the regime down with colour, that is art,” Anna Krkulj told me at her home overlooking the Macedonian capital. For the past two months, protestors have been on the streets of Macedonia virtually every day, calling for an end to government corruption and impunity. They have covered buildings with paint in what has been dubbed the Colourful Revolution. According to one of the leaders of the movement, Alexandar Bogoevski, the protestors target government institutions and buildings that are synonymous with the nation’s political problems. In a country whose recent history has been marked by ethnic conflict this protest movement is the first time that the different ethnicities have come together, lining up against the government. “We will not tolerate any violence. We believe the regime will fall with protest action,” says Mr Bogoevski. The government has ceded to some of the protestors’ demands. Presidential pardons for politicians implicated in a huge wiretapping scandal were rescinded, and activists who had been placed under house arrest at the beginning of the protests have been released. “Either the revolution will win and we will win in a free society, according to Western standards, or we will live under a brutal regime… we will fall into dictatorship,” said Mr Bogoevski.  Another protester, Jakov Spasov, said the stakes were enormous: “if this doesn’t work then we’ll have to leave the country.”

 

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