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MP Pavle Bogoevski organized protests against Vucic in Serbia

Serbian Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic blamed a group of Macedonian left wing protest activists, including a newly elected member of Parliament, of taking part in protests in Belgrade. Dacic’s statement is the latest phase in a war of words between the Serbian Government and the Macedonian SDSM party, which was affiliated with the colored revolution protest movement.

“We had Macedonian citizens organizing protests against Vucic and Serbia did not respond to this. We had Vesko Cacanovski, Pavle Bogoevski, Branimir Jovanovic, Zamir Mehmeti, all from Skopje, participating in protests and helping organize protests against Vucic”, said Foreign Minister Dacic, hinting at ties between the organized protest movements in Serbia and in Macedonia.

His comment is in response to the accusations from SDSM that a Serbian diplomat was present during the storming of the Parliament on April 27th, when protesters beat up several SDSM and Alliance of Albanians members of Parliament, including Pavle Bogoevski. Serbian Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic said that the diplomat was present to observe the situation and report to his native country on the events in Macedonia. During his presidential campaign, Vucic often warned that the Serbian opposition is preparing for what he called “the Macedonian scenario” – meaning street protests and refusal to accept the outcome of the elections. After Vucic won the elections, a short lived series of protests were organized. A parallel series of protests were held in Belgrade against a major Arab funded urban development program which Vucic is supporting.

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The persons Dacic named as organizing protests in Serbia were active in the SDSM supported protests in Macedonia, which were held against the VMRO-DPMNE led Government, and included protests against the urban development of the capital Skopje. Besides Bogoevski, the list includes Zamir Mehmeti, brother of former DUI member of Parliament Ermira Mehmeti.

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev, who now holds the mandate to form a Government, accused Vucic of being a nationalist leader in an interview with a news outlet often critical of Vucic, and Serbia also reacted to his openness to discuss the Tirana platform, which includes an apology for genocide against Albanians that would be aimed at several countries, including Serbia. On Wednesday, after a dinner organized by European diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, Zaev said that he apologized to Vucic for his remarks.