The leader of a new Macedonian political party was texting me in the middle of the night recently, giving me updates on her spokeswoman's surgery to repair two broken legs, suffered at the hands of riot police earlier that night. Her crime? Attending a peaceful protest against changing Macedonia's name and identity.
Македонско друштво "Илинден"-Тирана и Македонско друштво "Илинден”- Огранок Голо Брдо изразува загриженост од престојниот референдум во татковината Република Македонија за промена на името на државата и идентитетот на нацијата. ...
If somebody told you that an entire ethnic group's name and identity was being changed to appease its oppressors, you would react in outrage. If they followed up by saying, "Oh wait, it's a diplomatic dispute", would your response be "That's okay then. They should resolve this dispute by denying their own existence"? This is what's happening to Macedonia and Macedonians.
Sputnik International article with quotes by MHRMI Twenty-one year old Nikola Sazdovski, an ethnic Macedonian who was attacked by a group of Albanians in Macedonia's capital Skopje ten days ago, died earlier on Monday after being in a coma for almost a week and amid raised tensions in the country, a source close to the deceased who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution told Sputnik.