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Greek neo-nazis interrupt promotion of Greek-Macedonian dictionary

June 3, 2009

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Interrupted Promotion About 20 activists of Greek fascist organization "Chrysi Avyi" (Golden Dawn) interrupted late Tuesday the promotion of Greek-Macedonian dictionary in Athens, organized by party of Macedonians in Greece "Rainbow".

During the promotion, a group of masked individuals entered the International Press Center in order to cause an incident. They damaged the equipment of the cameramen, destroyed the promotional materials and verbally attacked the promoters, including renowned U.S. Slavist and linguist Victor Friedman.

After receiving information that the police is about to arrive at the facility, "Chrysi Avyi" members ran away and the promotion resumed.

"Chrysi Avyi" was recently registered as a political party and has close ties with the parliamentary nationalist party LAOS of Georgios Karatzaferis.

One of "Rainbow" leaders, Pavle Vaskopoulos told Macedonian TV station "Kanal 5" the incident was a signal that "Greek authorities start to fear the Macedonianism in Greece", adding this is a disgrace for Greece, which cannot be hidden from the European public.

Last night's incident occurs five days before the European Parliament elections in Greece. According to the Greek neo-nazis, the 15,000-word dictionary prepared by Vasko Karadza should not have been issued, because the Macedonian language had not existed. On the other hand, promoters stress it is a testimony on the existence of the Macedonians and a response to the Athens' stance on the alleged non-existence of the Macedonian language.

Source: MIA

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