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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"

Catalonia decides



Radio Macedonian Culture

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
 Greek   Macedonian

D. Lithoxoou
"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:
Macedonian Language

Greece's stance towards
its Macedonian minority
and the neighbouring
Republic of Macedonia.

Lawed Arguments
and Omitted Truths

R. Nikovski: Memorandum to the European Parliament
Facts behind the Greek politics towards Macedonia

English  Macedonian

"Proposed disciplinary measures to stamp out the Macedonian minority in Greece by the National Security Service"

Center Maurits Coppieters
European Free Alliance
Federal Union of European Nationalities
Greek Helsinki Monitor
Greek Anti–Nationalistic Movement
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Macedonian Human Rights of Australia
OMO Ilinden - PIRIN
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Macedonian Forum for politics and history

Rainbow Party Erects New Macedonian Language Sign
Source: Macedonian Human Rights Movement of Canada


Macedonian Minority Party in Greece - New Sign
Sign below the damaged window of Rainbow's office in Florina announces
"Rainbow - European Movement" in Greek, Macedonian and English

Lerin / Florina -- On the afternoon of Thursday, July 25, 2002, the Rainbow Party erected a sign outside their office in Florina. The sign contained the text “Rainbow – European Movement” in Greek, Macedonian and English.

That morning, Pavle Voskopoulos, a member of the Political Secretariat of Rainbow, visited the public prosecutor with a written statement informing him of Rainbow's intention to hang the sign. Rainbow also informed the local police as well as the Ministry of Public Order. There was good reason for all this caution.

The Rainbow Party first erected a bilingual sign (in Macedonian and Greek) on September 6, 1995. At that time the public prosecutor immediately announced the indictment of the Rainbow leaders for having “incited discord among citizens” (Article 192 of the Greek Penal Code) through the use of the Macedonian language. The police were also ordered to remove the sign.

On the night of September 13, 1995, a mob, led by the mayor of Florina, attacked the Rainbow office and destroyed it. No member of the mob was ever charged while four members of Rainbow were forced to stand trial. Their crime, according to Greek authorities, was that the public use of their mother tongue (Macedonian on their signage) had provoked the local citizenry to use violence.

Greek authorities often intimidate minorities to prevent them from speaking publicly about the discrimination they endure. Official Greek policy denies the existence of any minorities and promotes Greece as an "ethnically pure" state. Rainbow's use of Macedonian on their sign contradicted that policy -- "that in Greece there are only Greeks."

After three years of legal limbo the "Rainbow Four" were acquitted of the crime of writing their organization's name in Macedonian -- their mother tongue. This positive outcome was due in part to the huge publicity the case had attracted outside Greece and the negative effect it was having on Greece's reputation.

Now, seven years after authorities incited a mob to destroy the office of the Rainbow Party we shall see whether using one's mother tongue is still a prosecutable offence in Greece.

Click here for background on Greece's reaction to
Rainbow's inclusion of Macedonian in their first sign


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Promotion of the
Macedonian Language
Primer at the OSCE HDIM

English Greek Macedonian

Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
English Greek Macedonian

Letter to Carla del Ponte,
Chief Prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

English Greek Macedonian

The Yugoslavian Crisis
English Greek Macedonian

Document of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs

Related to the article - The obvious linguistic particularity - Eletherotypia, 18/11/2006

English   Greek

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

Greek   Macedonian

Ο Παύλος Φιλίποβ Βοσκόπουλος απαντά στον Ευάγγελο Κωφό.
«Το Μακεδονικό ζήτημα είναι η αχίλλειος πτέρνα του ελληνικού μύθου».

Greek   Macedonian
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