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15 charged in attack on Macedonian parliament that hurt 100

Associated Press logo Associated Press 30/04/2017
Social Democrat party’s vice president Radmila Sekerinska has her hair violently pulled, as supporters of the country's dominant conservative party invaded parliament, in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday April 27, 2017. Police said over 100 people were injured during the Thursday night violence inside and outside parliament that followed the election of a new parliament speaker. Sekerinska said she required three stitches and injured her neck when two individuals attacked her inside parliament. Television footage from Thursday night showed a man grabbing her by the hair and twisting her around violently during the melee. “We were more shocked than afraid. I cannot forget the faces of those who attacked me,” Sekerinska told The Associated Press Friday. (Radio Free Europe via AP) © The Associated Press Social Democrat party’s vice president Radmila Sekerinska has her hair violently pulled, as supporters of the country's dominant conservative party invaded parliament, in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday April 27, 2017. Police said over 100 people were injured during the Thursday night violence inside and outside parliament that followed the election of a new parliament speaker. Sekerinska said she required three stitches and injured her neck when two individuals attacked her inside parliament. Television footage from Thursday night showed a man grabbing her by the hair and twisting her around violently during the melee. “We were more shocked than afraid. I cannot forget the faces of those who attacked me,” Sekerinska told The Associated Press Friday. (Radio Free Europe via AP)

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonian police say they've filed criminal charges against 15 people suspected of being involved in a violent attack against the parliament three days ago.

Police said Sunday the group was charged for "participation in a mob and preventing officials from performing their duties."

Months of political tensions in Macedonia boiled over Thursday night over disagreements about the election of a new parliament speaker. More than 100 people were injured, most of them protesters. Police officers and about a dozen lawmakers also were injured.

Western diplomats expressed concern Friday that authorities failed to prevent the attack and did not provide the necessary security for the lawmakers and journalists present at parliament.

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