New Albanian Terrorist Formation Threatens Macedonia
Completely new, fourth ethnic Albanian guerrilla formation threatens the Macedonian police.
Skopje Liberation Army (Ushtria Çlirimtare e Shkupit) threatens that if the six Albanians convicted in the “Monster” case are not set free by Monday, it will start attacking the police.
“If the Albanian prisoners are not freed until July 14, the Liberation Army will take serious steps and will execute massive attacks on the Macedonian police,” said the “general headquarters” of the guerrilla formation that presented itself to the public with this communiqué.
Skopje Liberation Army is the fourth armed formation that announced its presence on the territory of Macedonia since the end of the war in 2001 and the dissolution of the National Liberation Army, which was led by Ali Ahmeti and Gëzim Ostreni.
In addition to the Albanian National Army, which ceased to exist after the action of the Macedonian special police forces in the village of Brodec at the end of 2007, the Liberation Army of Ilirida had occasional appearances in the public together with several other groups whose actions did not exceed the scope of the Internet.
The emergence of the Liberation Army of Skopje coincides with the increased tensions in Macedonia that occurred after Skopje court sentenced six Albanians to life in prison for terrorism and the murder of five Macedonians in the case named “Monster“.
Informal groups of Albanians organized protest against the court decision via the social networks and last Friday protesters violently clashed with the police in Skopje.
More than twenty people were injured in the riots while protesters spread various messages like “We are not terrorists” but also displaying the flag of Al Qaeda.
Albanians held daily protests in several Macedonian cities while support rallies were also held in Tirana and Pristina, where local sport fans burned the Macedonian flag.
An “all-Albanian” protest is scheduled Friday in Skopje and the development of the situation has caused serious divisions and real media war between the Albanians and Macedonians.