well this morning from 4 AM or smth there was an alleged “terrorist” attack in my hometown, kumanovo. and since the population here is mostly albanian and macedonian, the suspicion fell on albanian extremist groups which is something that actually happened in 2001 but it definitely did not happen today.
the thing is this “terrorist attack” came out of the blue and no one knows where they came from, what they were asking for or why they were even shooting and bombing the town. like there was literally no logical explanation as to why it was happening. the news stations (which are most of them controlled by the govt) all reported that a terrorist group from a neighboring country (it wasn’t stated which but it was heavily implied that it’s kosovo given that they pulled off another shitfest like this a month ago in a small village and said that it was terrorists from kosovo again altho why???)
with about 70 ppl
invaded the city
so basically there were heavy shootings and bombings (houses and schools burning, helicopters all over, some even say ppl were being taken hostage) into one of the city’s neighborhoods (which is a mixed macedonian-albanian one) for 16 fucking hours during which about 30 people were injured (policemen and special forces, we don’t know about civilians yet) out of which 5 people died. and the thing is people are trying to make it into an ethnic conflict which it isn’t! no one wants war and albanians and macedonians both were terrified and tormented by today’s events. the last thing any of us want is to turn this into a bloodbath!
also this sudden “terrorist attack” came after 10 of the biggest towns in macedonia gathered to protest against the government and searching for its resignation, as well as the 4 consecutive protests going on in skopje since tuesday. so a lot of people think that this is a thing orchestrated by the government who wanted to ethnically divide the people so we won’t all join forces together while trying to bring it down. also, they are probably trying to terrify the people so it will take away the attention from the protests and prevent them from going out to lobby for their resignation.
the worst thing is that none of the media here are being objective and they’re almost all controlled by the government, so it’s impossible to get true information. the most reliable sources are facebook and twitter but of course they’re not “credible” enough which means that the world media is getting fed the shit from our own media which is all a ruse. this leads to misinformation and doing the exact thing the govt wants to do: for people to think there are terrorists and that there is an ethnical conflict which in truth, is what they’re trying to cause!