Member of Croatian Parliament and former MEP, Marijana Petir, said:
"Nobody would tolerate the forced renaming of their country and redefinition of their identity. This should not be expected of Macedonians either. These are not the European values that we stand for. Macedonians must be allowed to embrace their name, culture, identity and history. I stand with Macedonia and Macedonians and call for my European colleagues to join me."
Unfortunately, with his statement that "Bulgaria does not have a Macedonian minority", Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov took his place in the totalitarian relay race, initiated by Todor Zhivkov, and carried on as a shameful contagion through Borisov and Karakachanov, down to Petkov. But it's not only him, millions repeat the lie that there is no Macedonian minority in Bulgaria, but it still does not make it true, and it will not make Macedonians disappear. The words of our detractors have no power to change reality, that there is and there will be a Macedonian minority in Bulgaria.
The Macedonian Alliance for European Integration (MAEI) strongly condemns the latest provocations and lies coming from the Bulgarian Embassy in Tirana, which, in its statement issued today, claims that the children of the Korca region celebrated "Christmas in the Bulgarian style", and that the Embassy gave Christmas presents to all the children, K to 12, in the municipality of Pustec.
The Macedonian Alliance for European Integration considers these statements from the Bulgarian Embassy in Tirana to be provocations. The Macedonian Alliance for European Integration informs the public that there was no celebration of "Bulgarian style Christmas" in the municipality of Pustec.
Today, the Macedonians in Pustec and in other parts of Albania, celebrated Badnik according to the traditional Macedonian customs, and tomorrow we celebrate Christmas, in a way that was inherited for centuries, from our Macedonian ancestors.
On behalf of Macedonians in Albania and of the members of the Macedonian Association Ilinden Tirana, we express our disbelief at the frauds, undignified lies and numerous provocations issued by the Bulgarian Embassy in Albania on January 6th 2022. In a number of photographs and in an article that contained nothing that is factually correct, the Embassy published the most brazen Bulgarian fraud yet. In this press release, published at the internet site of the Bulgarian Embassy, it is claimed that the children of the Korca region celebrated "Christmas in the Bulgarian style" and that all children in the municipality of Pustec, from kindergarten up to 12th grade, received Christmas and New Year presents.
The Macedonian Association Ilinden Tirana and the Ilinden newspaper, as representatives of the Macedonians in Albania, stand in solidarity with the numerous protests from the Macedonian population of Golo Brdo. We also consider it necessary to present the message of the Macedonians in Golo Brdo to the international public - the message that reflects the Macedonian sentiment of the Macedonians in Golo Brdo, who are now asked to adopt a Bulgarian identity. Macedonians in the Republic of Albania have always been Macedonians and will never become Bulgarians!
The opposition coalition submitted the no-confidence motion, with 61 signatures, on November 8, 2021. The Zaev regime quickly moved to target MPs in the opposition and ultimately abducted Rexhepi, who was prevented from appearing in the November 11 parliamentary session. He was unable to be located or reached, resulting in a frantic search, and amid calls to police and condemnation of the Zaev regime by Besa, VMRO-DPMNE, Levica and other parties in the opposition coalition. A cryptic message was later posted on Rexhepi's Facebook page, followed by a scripted video posted several hours later - all fueling concern for his well-being.
International human rights treaties, examined below, dictate that signatories must immediately defend Macedonia and Macedonians - specifically against the brutal crackdown on human rights committed by the Zaev regime, the exponential rise in hate crimes against Macedonians throughout the Balkans, and the instigator of these human rights violations - the shocking Western-supported/initiated forced Macedonia name change.
The European Free Alliance (EFA) continued its strong support of human rights for Macedonians by issuing the declaration below, adopted at its General Assembly of October 14-16, 2021 in Brussels. EFA exposes Bulgaria and Greece for its systematic discrimination against Macedonians and highlights the European Union's own protocols which mandate it to take immediate action to end these human rights abuses.