Go to our ACTION ALERT and instantly send an email to Canadian political leaders and election candidates. Tell them that they will lose the Macedonian-Canadian vote unless they denounce the forced name change FIRST.
Forget “Je me souviens”, the saying on Quebec licence plates that means “I remember” (and will never forget our history, traditions and identity). Canadian politicians are imposing the slogan “J’oublie” (literally “I forget”) on a distinct group of Canadians. And they’re doing everything in their power to ensure that this group is not able to use their own name, express their identity, or commemorate their history. Which group is it? First, imagine it was you.
“That’s how the government of Canada recognizes you.”
Not as who we are, but who we’re told to be — based on political decisions aimed at appeasing those who want us eradicated.
The quote is from Liberal Party MP Rob Oliphant, who said it to a group of Macedonians after they objected to him using the highly derogatory terms “North Macedonian” and “North Macedonia” while giving a speech at a Macedonian event in Toronto.
It has come to this. Politicians telling us who we are so they can execute Canada’s American foreign policy while simultaneously appeasing our oppressors so [insert Canadian political party here] can get their votes.
On behalf of the European Free Alliance and its member party OMO Ilinden-Pirin, I am writing to you concerning the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria. For many years, the Macedonian minority has been mistreated by the state, and denied basic rights guaranteed under European Union law. Registration of Macedonian organisations is frequently blocked by the Bulgarian state, and hatespeech and discrimination against the minority is rife. An active dialogue between the state and representatives of the minority must be established in order to resolve problems. The rights of minorities are universal and when infringed, must be investigated and acted upon appropriately. In the name of the Macedonian minority we call on you:
The Macedonian minority continues being denied to the present day and Macedonians do not enjoy even one of the rights stipulated by the Framework Convention for the Defence of National Minorities. Macedonians are objects of systemic hate speech, treated as enemies of the nation and traitors and denied the opportunity to have their own organizations or to participate in social life as Macedonians. Our children cannot study their own language, history and culture in school, are forced to learn that they do not exist as a people and to hear in the media that their parents are illiterate, unintelligent, deluded, agents of foreign states and traitors.
Despite arrests, beatings, intimidation and incarceration carried out by the US/EU-installed Zaev regime, Macedonians are protesting the forced name, identity and history change into “North Macedonians” from “North Macedonia” imposed on them by the so-called “global leaders in spreading democracy and human rights”.
Longtime supporter of Macedonian Human Rights Movement International, Mincho Tashev, has continued his tremendous assistance of Macedonian human rights initiatives by donating $30,000 in support of Macedonian political prisoners and their families. MHRMI will also bring the case of the political prisoners to the European Court of Human Rights, and are investigating other legal avenues, in order to secure their immediate release.
In my opinion, being a Macedonian myself, the fact that my country's name and identity is even up for discussion is sickening to watch and hear. Greece shouldn’t have the right to tell another country what it should be called, and that my people “don’t exist”. No one should have the right to tell you who you are and to force a name change on you. Therefore, Greece and its government (along with their "strategic partners", the US, NATO and EU) have no right to force a name change on Macedonia.
"During 2020 the situation of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria worsened because of the aggravated relations with the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgarian attempts to force Skopje to renounce the existence of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria and the media campaign conducted in Bulgaria in that regard. The registration of one of two registered Macedonian organizations was rescinded in 2019 while the other one is in the process of being deregistered and its members are subjected to harassment by the authorities." - Excerpt from the annual report. Full report below.