Macedonia parliament attack amnesty sparks prison protest

1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 December 10, 2018 12:01 PM December 10, 2018 in News

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) - Hundreds of inmates at Macedonia's main prison outside the capital have refused to accept meals to press demands that an amnesty expected to be granted for suspects involved in a violent political protest at parliament last year be expanded to other offences.

Justice Ministry officials said Monday that around 600 inmates were taking part in the protest, adding that the government had flatly ruled out considering their demands.

The prisoners have reportedly warned that their families and supporters are also planning protests outside the jail in solidarity.

Draft legislation granting a general amnesty to suspects involved in the 2017 parliament attack by pro-conservative protesters is due to be submitted to the legislature by the end of the week.

The attack left more than 100 people injured, including lawmakers and journalists.

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