2004-01-31 03:27:29 UTC
The Bulgarians first - Many western newspapers covered the Bulgarian
campaign of violence and terror against Macedonians. One of the Western
intellectuals who dealt with this issue was the reputable German
publicist Victor Mayer. He filed a report in the German newspaper
"Frankfurter Alemange Zeitung" on July 3rd, 1978 based on an extended
visit to Pirin Macedonia. Mr. Mayer witnessed how the majority of the
population in Pirin Macedonia identified themselves as ethnic
Macedonians but were prohibited from calling themselves Macedonians,
which was a denial of their most basic national human rights. In his
report Mr. Mayer observed "...anyone who calls himself a Macedonian is
exposed to political persecution...In the Pirin region the question of
national consciousness today is a matter dealt with by police...".
Victor Mayer quoted what he heard many times from Macedonians in Pirin
Macedonia: "We are Macedonians, pure Macedonians, but we are not allowed
to declare ourselves as such!"
Next the Greeks:
Based on documentation of this most recent period of Greek terror, in
the years 1945-1947 more than 300 Macedonian women and girls were raped,
over 300 Macedonians were killed, over 6,500 arrested, over 13,500
beaten and over 14,000 displaced. In 1947 the United Nations Inquiry
Commission visited Macedonia in response to these terrible incidents.
One of the commanders of the Democratic Army of Greece, the Greek
Yanoulis gave the following statement to journalists who were following
the work of the Commission:
"As a Greek I am ashamed to speak about the terror against the
Macedonians in Aegean Macedonia, which was the reason I took up arms to
fight against this horror...".
On the same subject the commander of the Democratic Army of Greece, the
Greek Markos Vafiyadis, testified before the Inquiry Commission that the
Greek racists went so far as to burn Macedonian children alive:
"...The atrocities committed are described in detail in the memorandum I
hand over to the United Nations Inquiry Commission...It is difficult for
me to speak about the burnt villages, the screams of the children being
burnt alive, the hundreds of raped girls, the slaughter, the torture,
the ambushes, the ashes of villages falling over the deserted fields for
The Macedonians are winning!
In recent times, however, due to international pressure, the barbaric
Greek racism towards Macedonians seems to be softening. The Macedonian
political party "Vinozhito" ("Rainbow") was founded in the nineties,
although its members are frequently intimidated and arrested by the
Greek regime, and recently a few semi-legal Macedonian newspapers are
being published. Performance of Macedonian folk songs and dances has
also been tacitly permitted in some places.
Official Greek policy is still hostile to everything that is Macedonian.
Today not only does Greece not recognise the existence of the large
Macedonian population on its territory, but it also brazenly denies the
Macedonian nation wherever it may be. Greece even disputes the
constitutional name of the free and independent Republic of Macedonia,
which is a case without precedent in international relations.
Ilinden the Macedonian