>Macedonia bars, eateries close to protest smoking ban

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>SKOPJE, Macedonia — Hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants across Macedonia shut their doors to customers on Friday in a 24-hour protest against a new smoking ban that they claim has sent profits plummeting.

Even on the capital’s main pedestrian avenue Makedonija, people battled to find an early morning coffee as establishments refused to open up in a show of anger about the ban introduced on January 1.

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