Ethnic Albanians rallied in several Macedonian towns on Friday (11 May) to protest against a police operation that saw suspects arrested in the deaths of five people. The regional press saw the protests as a sign of rising radical Islam in the country.

Thousands of ethnic Albanians demonstrated against the arrest of three men charged over the killing of five Macedonians last month.

Photos from the scenes showed that many of the protestors waved Saudi flags and that some wore T-shirts with inscriptions such as "Islam will dominate the world".

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