Demonstrators chanted "Allah is great" and "UÇK" [UÇK comes from the National Liberation Army organisation and the abbreviation of its name in Albanian] during the protest rallies staged against the sentences passed in the Monstum Case during the protest. A protest was held in Skopje on Friday in front of a court after six ethnic Albanians were sentenced to life in prison earlier in the week.
The group was found guilty of murdering five Macedonian men in April 2012, just before Orthodox Easter.
The local media are reporting today that thousands of mostly young Albanians gathered for the protest, and threw rocks at the police, who responded with stun grenades, tear gas, and water canons.
The protesters were carrying Albanian flags with Islamic markings, and beside chanting "UCK" - the Albanian language acronym for the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA - they were also shouting "Allahu Akbar."