Municipal workers in Skopje’s Kisela Voda district decimated a tree today because it was obstructing the view of a pre-election billboard for Mayor Filip Temelkovski.

A video was shared online in which a passer-by asks the workers why are they cutting the tree, and they respond – so that people can better see the billboard.

Temelkovski, from SDSM, is the son of oligarch Zore Temelkovski. Under his mandate, the local council is pushing a highly controversial plan to allow up to a 100 apartment buildings to be made in Rasadnik – a large nursery that is one of the few green spaces in this part of the city.