Toronto, Canada - As expected, the Liberal Party of Canada has, once again, completely ignored racism within their own party. As reported by Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) on March 8, 2011, Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis spewed out more anti-Macedonian hate, caught on video, at a lecture titled "Insight to Hellenism" at the University of Toronto on March 5, 2011.
While praising the lecture, which glorified Greece's persecution of Macedonians and which defended the bombing of Macedonian civilians during Greece's Civil War, Karygiannis once again referred to Macedonians as "Skopjans". This is a term used by Greece to negate the ethnic identity of Macedonians and evokes Greece’s horrific campaigns, past and present, at ethnically cleansing or forcibly assimilating its large Macedonian minority.
On March 8, MHRMI called on "...Canadian politicians, regardless of party affiliation, to demand Jim Karygiannis' immediate resignation." To our knowledge, this was to no avail. Ironically, during the election campaign, every other controversial issue related to the "ethnic vote" seemed to be embraced by every political party and reported on in the media.
While addressing one of the guest speakers, Christos Karatzios, Karygiannis said "This (lecture) has to be brought into the House of Commons", and "...come and enlighten the rest of my colleagues on what is Greece..." He added, "Sir, I would welcome you to send a letter to all the members of parliament...I'd be delighted to help".
Karygiannis said "...The Skopjans as I have to politically call them...". What motivates him "politically" to use such a derogatory term? Is he in Canadian parliament to carry out the work of the Greek government?
Karygiannis also referred to Macedonians as "Skopjans" in an interview for the Globe and Mail on September 21, 2007, following Canada's recognition of the Republic of Macedonia. Canadian-Macedonians were outraged and flooded the Liberal Party with demands that Karygiannis be reprimanded. The Liberal Party ignored the issue and instead chose to attack Canada's recognition of Macedonia, pandering to the Greek-Canadian community.
MHRMI reiterates its call on Canadian politicians, regardless of party affiliation, to demand Jim Karygiannis' immediate resignation. We ask that concerned Canadians do the same via the contact information on our website. Jim Karygiannis' continued presence in Parliament is an affront to traditional Canadian values.
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information, please visit www.mhrmi.org, or contact MHRMI at 416-850-7125, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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