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Fishermen's death sparks police-youth clashes

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Ethnic tensions stemming from the killings of five fishermen have erupted in Macedonia's capital as youth clashed with police.

Hundreds of young ethnic Macedonians gathered yesterday in Skopje, chanting anti-Albanian slogans and condemning the killings.

Ethnic tensions have simmered in Macedonia since the end of an armed rebellion in 2001, when ethnic Albanian rebels fought government forces. Ethnic Albanians make up a quarter of Macedonia's population of 2.1 million.

The fishermen's bodies were found last Thursday, but authorities have not said ethnicity was a motive.

Many protesters were teen age soccer fans. Some threw stones at riot police and smashed street billboards before being dispersed.

Police were unable to confirm if anyone was hurt or detained.