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ΕFA-Rainbow supports the right of the Catalan people to decide on their future and joins the EFA campaign "Catalonia decides"
A selection of Macedonian blogs in Greece
Aegean Macedonian Culture
Anti-macedonian policy during the elections for the European Parliament against Rainbow by the Greek state and the Greek mass media
A scandal by the Parliamentary committee
Greek TV stations sabotage EFA-Raibow
Ultra-nationalists want "borders with Serbia"!
"Hellenic Post" sabbotages EFA-Rainbow Campaign
Typical example of censorship of Rainbow
Attack of the Greek Neo-nazi party
A Greek - Macedonian dictionary by Vasko Karatza printed with the support of EFA - Rainbow
"Extracts of Letters"
Τι έλεγε κάποτε το ΚΚΕ για τους Μακεδόνες
Denying Ethnic Identity:
The Macedonians of Greece, by Human Rights Watch
Linguistics and politics II:
Greece's stance towards
its Macedonian minority
and the neighbouring
Republic of Macedonia.
and Omitted Truths
R. Nikovski: Memorandum to the European Parliament
Facts behind the Greek politics towards Macedonia
"Proposed disciplinary measures to stamp out the Macedonian minority in Greece by the National Security Service"
The Macedonians celebrated a three day festival (panagir) of the feast day of the Prophet Elijah (ILINDEN)
Voshtarani / Meliti, 20 July 1997
The Macedonians in Greece recently concluded a very successful three day festival (panagir) of the feast day of the Prophet Elijah (ILINDEN), which is celebrated as both a religious and traditional holiday by the Macedonians living in Greece. On August 2nd, 1903, the Macedonians rose up against the Ottomans. This day, being the holiday of the prophet Elijah, became a national holiday as well. Note, the Greek Orthodox Church changed the calendar, from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar in the 1960s. According to the new (Gregorian) calendar the Prophet Elijah's day is celebrated on July 20th by the Macedonians of Greece as a religious holiday in which the ethnic Macedonians express their national identity by various cultural manifestations (including traditional Macedonian Song & Dance). The events take place in the village of Ovcharani (Meliti) in Greece. Not to forget their Macedonian brothers and sisters across the border, in the Republic of Macedonia, the Macedonians in Greece, celebrate August 2nd as well - as a national holiday.
The three day celebration culminating with the festival of the prophet Elijah was extremely successful. However, the event was somewhat marred by interference from Greek authorities, who on several occasions attempted to stop the singing of songs in the Macedonian language. Thanks to the resilience of the Macedonians the efforts of the Greek authorities were to no avail.
In addition to the above, a group of Greek extremists from Australia, Canada and the United States arrived at the celebration. Their attendance coincided with the holding of a conference in Solun (Thessaloniki) of the so-called "pan-macedonian" organization - an organization of ethnic Greeks, and not ethnic Macedonians. The aim of the "pan-macedonians" was to disseminate anti-Macedonian propaganda. These provocateurs came at the insistence and with the support of the local Greek authorities in an effort to undermine the Macedonian nature of the celebrations.
The Macedonians did not oppose these provocations by the Greek authorities with any form of violence, but only by the peaceful manifestation of Macedonian cultural unity. The festivities consisted not only of Macedonian traditional dance but also extensive singing of Macedonian songs (more than 5 hours straight on each of the 3 days) which went into the early hours of the following morning. An air of harmony could be felt amongst all Macedonians gathered, with both young and old taking part in the vocal proceedings.
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Promotion of the
Primer at the OSCE HDIM
Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
Letter to Carla del Ponte,
Chief Prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
The Yugoslavian Crisis
Document of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs
Related to the article - The obvious linguistic particularity - Eletherotypia, 18/11/2006
The ten Greek myths
on the “Macedonian issue”
By IOS team – Eletherotypia, 23/10/2005
Who says there are no
minority languages in Greece?
The "secret" census
in north Greece, in 1920
Map showing the Cultures and Languages in the E.U.
Council of Europe
Framework convention for the Protection of national minorities
Συνέντευξη: Ευάγγελος Κωφός, Έλληνας ιστορικός
Δημοκρατία της Μακεδονίας - Σκόπια είναι όνομα που εκφράζει την ταυτότητά σας
Ο Παύλος Φιλίποβ Βοσκόπουλος απαντά στον Ευάγγελο Κωφό.
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