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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"
Human Rights Forum
10 May, 1997
In accordance with the declaration of 1997 as the year against racism and xenophobia in Europe, the RAINBOW party organized an open forum. The forum was entitled Linguistic, Cultural and Ethnic Differences in the Countries of the European Union and Greece Today. The event was attended by over 200 guests.
The forum was initially scheduled for the 3rd of May, 1997 in Florina (Lerin). The organizers sent a letter to the local authorities (Prefecture, Chamber of Commerce, the Cultural League of Florina-"Aristotle") stating their wish to acquire a conference room. All of the above-mentioned denied RAINBOW's request even though all the conference rooms were unscheduled for that day.
At the same time some of the Greek newspapers, e.g., "Elefteros Typos" and "Adesmeftos Typos" wrote negatively about the so-called "provocative acts of the Skopians in Lerin." As a consequence of this negative atmosphere the forum was postponed until the 10th of May, 1997, and held in a private conference room 12 kilometres from Florina - between Florina and the village of Meliti (Ovcharani). Meanwhile, tax inspectors applied pressure on the proprietor of the conference room in an effort to prevent the planned activities.
The representative of the Organization of Macedonian Political Refugees in Bitola, Mr. Aleksandar Popovski, was unable to participate. Mr. Popovski had been officially invited by the organizers of the forum, but was refused entry into Greece at the border crossing Nikki (Negochani).
Furthermore, representatives of the Vlach minority in Greece and the "Sinaspismos" political party did not participate, even though they had answered positively to the invitation of the organizers. Their absence was very likely due to pressure from authorities not to take part in the forum.
Despite all this, the forum took place under the shadow of the words of the distinguished Macedonian, Gotse Delchev - "I perceive the world as a field for the cultural competition amongst peoples". These words were written on a banner in both Greek and Macedonian. With over 200 participants, a very worthwhile discussion was conducted. The Macedonian question was discussed, or more specifically, the rights the Macedonian ethnic minority should be permitted in Greece. An active question period followed.
Afterwards, festivities were arranged with songs and dancing. It must be said that this is the first time such an event has been held in the Florina area. The RAINBOW party considered the event a great success and intends to organize similar events in other towns.
Notable attendees were:
Panayote Elias Dimitras - Spokesperson, Greek Helsinki Monitor
Nafsika Papanikolatou - Representative of Minority Rights Group - Greece
Anne-Marie Boeström - Swedish Helsinki Committee
Elias Zafiropoulos - Representative of the Central Council of OAKKE
Vasilis Sakelariou - Writer/chief editor of the chronicles "Tetradia tou Marksismou"
Salih Halil - Turkish Minority representative from the Association of Educators of Western Thrace
Pictures from the Forum
Left to Right -- Petros Vasiliadis, Pavle Voskopoulos (microphone), Micho Papadimitriou, *empty seat, Salil Halil
* The empty seat at back was for Aleksandar Popovski from Bitola who was denied entry into Greece at the border crossing Negochani/Nikki and prevented from attending the forum.
Left to Right -- Panayote Dimitras (Greek Helsinki Monitor), Petros Vasiliadis (RAINBOW), Pavle Voskopoulos (on the microphone - RAINBOW), Micho Papadimitriou (RAINBOW), Salil Halil (Turkish Minority Representative), Elias Zafiropoulos (OAKKE), Vasilis Sakelariou (Tetradia Marksismou)
Left to Right -- Nafsika Papanikolatou - Minority Rights Group - Greece, Anne-Marie Boeström - Swedish Helsinki Committee, Panayote Dimitras - Greek Helsinki Monitor
Mr. Halil on the microphone
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την ΕΕΣ-Ουράνιο Τόξο
to read the Abecedar!
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.
«Το Μακεδονικό ζήτημα είναι η αχίλλειος πτέρνα του ελληνικού μύθου».
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