November 24, 2019

Fans, among whom underage boys, assaulted police officers and minors on “Macedonia Square”

Causing national, racial or religious hate, discord or intolerance
incidents committed due to ethnicity

What happened: On 24.11.2019, around 3:20 p.m., in the Skopje region, police officers from SEI Skopje
deprived from freedom А.N. (20), H.Gj. (22), D.М. (18), D.S. (24), D.G. (20) and four underage boys, all from
Skopje. The listed individuals had previously, on the “Macedonia Square”, near the Stone Bridge, as part of
a fan group of 25 people, threw hard objects towards the police officers and were prevented to pass the
bridge. In addition, they physically assaulted four minors, all from Skopje, on Kej 13ti Noemvri Street. The
public prosecutor was notified about the event. Charges are going to follow after the case is completely

Date, time and place of incident: 24.11.2019, 3:20, Skopje.
Source of information: MOI’s daily newsletter,,,
Victim(s) involved: Four underage victims.
Type of crime(s): Violence (Article 386, CC of RNM).
Perpetrator(s): Five adults and four underage perpetrators.
Brief description of the event with bias indicators: In this incident the bias motive is ethnicity, with the bias
indicators being:
1. Ethnicity – the perpetrators and victims belonged to a different ethnicity;
2. Location – the event occurred a place where similar incidents have previously been registered.

Status of case: Misdemeanour charges pressed.
Response of the local authorities: Ten individuals were detained, 9 were issued with misdemeanour fines
pursuant to Article 31 from the Law on Prevention of Violence and Indecent Behaviour during Sport Events,
while minutes for the misdemeanour “Neglected Care by a Parent or Guardian” pursuant to LMPO were
issued to the parent/legal guardian of the 10th individual, who was underage.
Impact on the victims and the community: These types of incidents call into question the general safety in
the country and the co-existence among different ethnic groups in society, and reflect particularly poorly
on children’s development and conduct.

Macedonia Square, Skopje, North Macedonia
Location Name
Macedonia Square, near Kamen Most / November 13th November

Number of victims
Number of Perpetrators
Status of the case
Perpetrators identified
Type of incident?
Cold weapon attack Physical attack (assault) Violence
Incident location
How did the police react?
They immediately recorded the incident
Have there been similar incidents / crimes in the same location?
Fans, among whom underage boys, assaulted police officers and minors on “Macedonia Square” image

Criminal offences

Against Freedoms and Rights
Criminal threatening
Against the Public Order
Against the State
Causing national, racial or religious hate, discord and intolerance


Nationality Ethnic origin