FYROM-Australians sued by the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies

8 March 2018
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The ongoing dispute between the Greek Australian community and certain groups of FYROM-Australians is about to reach its peak, as the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies (AIMS) is about to file a lawsuit against the organisers of the anti-Greek rally that took place last Sunday.

According to the AIMS, the organisers of the rally, are responsible for instigating nationalist and racial hatred against the Hellenism of Asia Minor; nurturing hatred and insults towards Greeks and their national symbols, including the Greek flag; defamation of Greece, Macedonia, its history and culture and slander against Greeks.

In the announcement the AIMS accuses the “Slavomacedonian” (as they are mentioned in the statement) rally organisers of extreme irredentism; the defamation of Hellenism; insulting the Greek national symbols, and for cultivating hatred against Greek people while abusing the rights granted to them within the context of Australian multiculturalism.

“Overcome by racial and national hatred against Greeks, the organisers of the rally derailed their protest far from any moral or political basis and resorted to insults and defamation of the Greek people in general, as well as anyone related to or descending from Greece.

Using banners and mottos, carnival-style dress up in which they presented themselves as Ancient Macedonians, they pretended to be victims of ‘Turkish-spawn’ Greeks (despite holding Turkish flags to appease their so-called protectors), they bore the symbols of Ancient Macedonia, in violation of the international agreements and the interim agreement that their governments signed and lodged to the UN, which clearly stated that they will not use the Ancient Macedonian Kingdom symbol of the Sun,” stated the chairperson of AIMS, Professor Anastasios Tamis.

“With their banners and mottos they attempted, once again, to transform and rewrite the history of the Balkans, they systematically attempted to inflict character assassination against Greek citizens, Greek people, the common Greek folk which they referred to as blood-thirsty murderers of the ‘Macedonian’ people (as said FYROM nationals called themselves at the rally), as worthless Turkish-spawn refugees which were brought to Macedonia due to the Treaty of Lausanne, by a stroke of bad luck that resulted to the refugees stealing their lands.

They proceeded to blatantly deface our national symbols, burning the Greek flag, despite the fact that Greek businesses at Skopje and Bitola (Monastiri) account for 60 per cent of their country’s GDP.

They were holding portraits of King Philip and Alexander the Great in a motion of appropriation of the history of Ancient Macedonia, and support the claim that these Slavs who came to the region a thousand years later, have magically become the heirs of Philip and Alexander,” the statement continues.

“With these actions they only prove their immaturity to live in a multicultural environment such as the Australian one, they’re presenting themselves as not ready to accept living along with other ethnic groups and they nurture racial hatred and hatred against Greeks.

The vast majority of these hateful protesters were not from ‘Macedonoslavia’, but they were former Greek citizens who had been using the Greek passport for years, and, having Bulgaro-Slavian national identity instilled into the souls of their children this hatred that stems from Greek Civil War, when many of them, or their parents, were forced to leave Macedonia, defeated. There should be no place for this kind of dispersion of hatred and defamation of other nations, in a multicultural, tolerant country, like Australia.

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