The word on the street is that America is indeed asking for the Government to step down on one hand, and that the Russian Embassy's staff has tripled in the recent weeks (no info on why).
Local news reports about the terrorist attack vary from "The Government hired the Albanian mafia to do a terror attack" (opposition media) to "Al-Qaeda's most active and dangerous cell in the Balkans liquidated" (Government media). The between is that it's really a move by America through proxies to destabilize the situation because of the Turkish Stream. Take your own pick, whichever seems logical...
The west is now questioning the government:
West questions Macedonian government's commitment to democracy
Reuters wrote:SKOPJE, May 11 (Reuters) - Western powers on Monday questioned the Macedonian government's commitment to democracy and European values over its failure to address allegations of abuse of power, piling pressure on leader Nikola Gruevski following a weekend of bloodshed.
The unusually strong rebuke follows months of damaging opposition disclosures from taped conversations involving Gruevski and his closest allies that the West says raise serious questions about the state of democracy in the ex-Yugoslav republic.
Gruevski's government on Saturday ordered a police operation at dawn against what it called ethnic Albanian "terrorists" in the northern, ethnically-mixed town of Kumanovo, triggering a gun battle in which eight police and 14 alleged gunmen died. The bloodshed recalled an ethnic conflict in 2001 that took Macedonia to the brink of civil war before Western diplomacy intervened. But it also drew accusations from the country's Albanian minority and Gruevski's political opponents that the government was trying to create a diversion. The West called for a thorough investigation of what went on, and the ambassadors of the United States, the European Union, Britain, Germany, France and Italy met Gruevski on Monday for talks scheduled prior to the weekend violence. In a statement read out by U.S. ambassador Jess Baily, the envoys criticised Skopje's failure to address the "many allegations of government wrongdoing arising from the disclosures" published by opposition leader Zoran Zaev.
Seems the same PowerPoints are circulating in the State Department merely being sent to different US Embassies on how to make a color revolution...just change name, date - and Presto, you've got yourself a color revolution!
The questions remain the same: Democracy™. Human Rights™. Government legitimacy...etc.