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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

Albania Fans Cry Foul at Greek 'Ban'

By Neil Arun - BBC News

April 1, 2005

Source BBC News:

Read this page in Macedonian

The Greek authorities have been accused of intolerance after they prevented Albanian football fans from attending a tense contest between the two national teams in Athens.


Greece won its critical World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night in a stadium packed entirely with Greek fans.

Despite an 800,000-strong Albanian community living in Greece, there was no sign on the stands of support for the visiting side.

Nor were any tickets issued for supporters from Albania to watch the game.

Greek authorities said they controlled ticket sales to the stadium as a security measure.

"We did not sell any tickets to Albanians, only to Greeks," a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Public Order told the BBC News website.

"The only people who feel threatened by disturbances in Greece are the Albanians" Yanis Yannouloupoulos, History professor

Murder and rioting have marred past meetings between the two sides and fears of fresh violence overshadowed the latest encounter.

An Albanian immigrant was killed in Greece last September amid unrest triggered by the Greek side's defeat at the hands of its hosts in Tirana.

On Tuesday, a match between the two countries' youth teams was interrupted when Greek fans tore down an Albanian flag at the Athens stadium.


According to the ministry, tickets for Wednesday's game were only issued to people who could present a Greek identity card.

As identity cards are held only by Greek citizens, the rule meant most of the Albanians who make up Greece's biggest immigrant group could not apply for tickets.

In a joint letter published in a national newspaper, prominent Albanians living in Greece protested against the measure.

They were backed by well-known Greek actors and academics, who accounted for about half the 26 signatures on the letter.

The letter accused politicians and media in both countries of turning football into a platform for "intolerance, revenge and super-patriotism".

Gazmend Kapllani, an Albanian commentator based in Athens, said the strict rules for ticket sales smacked of segregation.

"The model of the stadium could spread through society," he said.

"What will they suggest next? Separate schools for Albanian and Greek children? Separate neighbourhoods?"

'Ticket Debt'

The Albanians living in Greece were not the only ones forced to follow their team's progress from outside the stadium.

Wednesday night's match also went ahead without any visiting fans from Albania in attendance.

According to an agreement, 5% of the seats in the stadium must be reserved for travelling supporters when the two countries play each other.

But the Greek Football Association said it did not issue any tickets for the visitors because the Albanians had not repaid a 7,000-euro (£4,800) debt.

Michael Tsapidis, a spokesman for the association, told the BBC News website the debt stemmed from tickets that went unsold when the two sides played each other in Crete in 2001.

'Racist Streak'

However, the Albanian Football Association said it was sent an unsubstantiated demand for the money only "20 days" before the match.

"The Greek federation did not give us any documents to verify the debt," spokesman Lisien Nurishmi said.

Mr Nurishmi also questioned why it had taken the Greeks four years to mention the allegedly outstanding sum.

"We had a match against them in September in Tirana," he told the BBC News website. "They could have asked for the money then."

Mr Nurishmi said Albania had complied with its obligation to provide visiting fans tickets for the game it hosted in September, and some 200 Greeks travelled to Tirana to watch it.

"It would have been better - more beautiful - if our fans could have seen the game in Athens," he said. "But it's all over now."

Yanis Yannouloupoulos, a professor of history and signatory to the protest letter, said the debt issue was a "last-minute excuse" to stop Albanians from entering the stadium.

As for the security risk, he said, "the only people who feel threatened by disturbances in Greece are the Albanians".

Mr Yannouloupoulos argues that the row over the stadium seats reveals a "racist" streak in Greek attitudes to the biggest immigrant group in their midst.

"And that is a broader issue that goes beyond football."

'Successful Security'

The Greek government said Albanians were free to enjoy the game at cafes and a public square in Athens fitted with a giant television screen.

A spokeswoman said preparations for the match - which included close surveillance and a heavy policy presence - prevented any serious outbreaks of violence on Wednesday night.

Three Greek supporters were arrested as they tried to bring a banner bearing an offensive, anti-Albanian slogan into the stadium, she said.

According to the spokeswoman, selling tickets to identity-card holders alone also prevented them from being re-sold on the black market.


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Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
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Letter to Carla del Ponte,
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The Yugoslavian Crisis
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Document of the Ministry
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The ten Greek myths
on the “Macedonian issue”

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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




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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».

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