Tens of thousands of Macedonians have taken to the streets
Demonstrators took to the capital of Skopje chanting “Macedonia! Macedonia!" after Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, reportedly rejected proposals to meet with nationalists.
Organisers of the protests claimed there were 42 rallies across the country, with one bitter group unravelling banners expressing their discontent with the EU chief along the route from the airport to the capital taken by Hahn.
Macedonia has been locked in a political stalemate
Protestors from across the Balkans nation have taken place during the past 21 days, but organisers claimed 50,000 stormed the streets of Skopje on Tuesday.
Macedonia has ground to a political impasse following elections in December after the two largest parties did not scoop enough lawmakers to form a government.
The two largest parties would need to form a government with one from the ethnic Albanian minority, which is demanding Albanian be made the country’s second language.
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Bogdan Ilievski, a protest organiser, said: "We've had enough of commissioners.
“The language we all understand is Macedonian and the (minority demand) is only aimed at breaking up the country. That's why we won't allow it to become the policy of any government."
The long-ruling conservatives have rejected the minority demand but has refused to give the Social Democrats a mandate to try to form a government until they do the same.
Johannes Hahn was greeted with protestors as he arrived in Macedonia
President Gjorge Ivanov – who did not meet with Hahn – claimed the language demands would leave the country’s character in tatters.
There are more than 250,000 ethnic Albanians in Macedonia – a quarter of the country’s population. Albanian is recognised as an official language in minority-dominated areas but not nationally.
The Balkans nation has been embroiled in a political crisis for the past two years, sparked by allegations of wiretapping and corruption.