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Protesters storm Macedonia's parliament

Protesters stormed into Macedonia's parliament and assaulted the leader of the Social Democrats after his party and ethnic Albanian allies voted to elect an Albanian as parliament speaker.

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Protesters storm Macedonia's parliament

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  1. Protesters storm Macedonia's parliament

  2. Macedonian police escorts injured members of the parliament including Social Democratic leader Zoran Zaev near the parliament in Skopje, Macedonia.

  3. Protesters entered Macedonia's parliament. Macedonian police fired stun grenades to disperse protesters outside the parliament and clear the way for the evacuation of lawmakers still in the building. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

  4. Protesters entered Macedonia's parliament.

  5. Macedonian riot police block the road near the parliament. A Reuters witness saw nationalist protesters angered over Xhaferi's election beating up another lawmaker in parliament.

  6. Demonstrators storm into Macedonia's parliament. Some of the roughly 200 protesters inside the parliament were masked.

  7. Protesters entered Macedonia's parliament. President Gjorge Ivanov refused to give mandate to Zaev who has forged the coalition with ethnic Albanian parties to form the government saying it threatened the sovereignty of Macedonia.

  8. An injured leader of the Social Democrats Zoran Zaev is escorted out of the parliament.

  9. Protesters entered Macedonia's parliament. Zaev's parliamentary alliance has triggered daily street protests by Macedonian nationalists in Skopje. Ethnic Albanians comprise a third of the country's population. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

  10. Demonstrators carry an injured man after clashes with riot police. The current crisis is the worst since 2001 when Western diplomacy helped drag the country of 2.

  11. Macedonian riot police block the road near the parliament. Shortly before protesters charged into parliament, Zaev told reporters, "With 67 votes we have elected a new parliament speaker.

  12. Protesters entered Macedonia's parliament. Xhaferi became the first ethnic Albanian parliament speaker in Macedonia since the small Balkan country won independence from then-Yugoslavia in 1991. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

  13. Demonstrators stormed into Macedonia's parliament. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

  14. Protesters entered Macedonia's parliament. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

  15. Protesters entered Macedonia's parliament. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski

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