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EU, USA, OSCE, NATO: Everyone is entitled to protest, but not to involvement in violent acts

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We call on citizens to remain calm and restrain from violence. We urge the citizens and state leadership to unite and in the spirit of constructive dialogue address the issues that undermine mutual understanding and inter-ethnic relations, reads a joint statement of the EU Delegation, US Embassy, OSCE and NATO Missions to Macedonia.

All citizens are entitled to protest and express their views in a peaceful manner, but not the right to get involved in destructive, violent acts.

“As each inter-ethnic incident or attempt for inciting intolerance presents an opportunity for politicizing or taking advantage of the situation for political gain, it also offers possibility for opening a dialogue and strengthening the relations between the different ethnic communities. This is a possibility for the leaders to stand for an integrated country that respects diversity,” the joint statement reads.