Ouranio Toxo / Vinozhito / Rainbow
Announcement Prior to the Greek Municipal Elections
October 6, 2002
this page in Greek
RAINBOW will be participating in the upcoming elections to the prefecture
and municipal councils. The elections will take place on the 13th and
20th of October, 2002 where RAINBOW will be fielding candidates in coalitions.
Where there are no RAINBOW candidates we call on voters to support those
who have publicly shown support for the following:
1. Respect toward the identity of Macedonians, Vlach and Arvanite as well
as all local cultures in their original form, and not as objects for nationalistic
prejudices and antagonisms but as inspiration for cultural cooperation
among citizens of local societies.
2. Respect for the right to repatriation without preconditions of ethnic
Macedonian political refugees, many of whom will be able to make fundamental
contributions to the local society from which they originate and must
be allowed to participate.
3. Respect for the protection and development of local languages such
as Macedonian, Vlach and Arvanitiki as well as all languages, which form
part of the cultural wealth of a region. These should be promoted not
only by local programs but also within the framework of the general educational
We call on all citizens to take an active part in the upcoming elections.
RAINBOW believes citizens are able to contribute greatly to the broader
society when there exists equality for all and free expression of whatever
cultural, linguistic or ethnic identity.
We believe that difference in any case should never be a personal or
collective disadvantage but a positive distinction of the citizens of
a given society.
In this framework local self government will be able to contribute not
only to the local development and prosperity of the citizens but will
also be able to further the Europeanization of Greek society.