Skopje, Macedonia – Greece accused of ‘genocide’ of Macedonian people.
Macedonian NGOs slam the Greek government’s invention, and it is merely the continuation and internationalization of its century-old domestic policy of denial of the ethnic identity of its Macedonian minority.
Macedonian NGOs called for the establishment of an independent commission of inquiry to look into the human rights violations as well as crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide committed against the Macedonian minority in Greece since 1913.
“The Greek government must deal with its past and once and for all publicly recognize and apologize for the crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide it committed upon the Macedonian minority in Greece since 1913,” the statement added. AA
Macedonian Genocide by Greeks
1913, when 51% of Macedonia was awarded to Greece, no thanks to the Bucharest Treaty of 1913, following the Balkan Wars, Greece commenced exhaustive acts of genocide and persecution on its supposedly non-existent minorities during the 20th Century alone, particularly those who refer to themselves as Macedonian, Turkish and Vlach. Many such acts are well documented by the independent Greek – Human Rights Watch / Helsinki Monitor, which deals with the delicate issue of human rights within Greece.
Macedonians, under a Greek Occupation, were forbidden to speak their mother tongue, practice their culture or even bare a Macedonian name. Hundreds of thousands of Macedonians were forced into exile and thousands more were murdered in numerous attacks lead by the Greek government and Greek Orthodox Church.
The Greek government, with the August 10th, 1929 act “Agreement for the protection of the non-Greek population living in Greece”, was obliged to respect “the interests of the residents who were different from Greek by ethnicity, language or religion”. This, however, did not deter the Greeks
Greek fascist regime of Ioannis Metaxas
Violent massacres occurred in which Greek civilians were told by their government and church to take up arms and attack Macedonian settlements, killing without remorse. One such massacre was the Zagoricani village massacre, a well-documented act that occurred in this village situated on the outskirts of Kostur (Kastoria in modern day Northern Greece). Further incidents and acts of persecution occurred under the Greek fascist regime of Ioannis Metaxas and more recently the likes of foreign minister, George Papandreou.
The Greek civil war, which ended in 1949, resulted in over 40,000 Macedonian children being separated from their parents and forced into exile, known to the Macedonian Diaspora simply as “the child refugees” (Deca Begalci) – some never allowed to return back to their birthplace to this day.