Centre of Skopje, capital of Macedonia.
I really have to say something about this picture and I hope you’ll read it.
A lot of people say, this is nationalism and that’s not good, the macedonian government exaggerates.
But it’s important to know the political facts on the Balkan to understand why in Skopje there are that many statues of macedonian heroes.
The problem is that Macedonia was divided in 1913. More than 50 % of its territory were given to Greece, to be a strong state against the turkish empire. To Bulgaria they also gave 20 % of the territory.
Millions of Macedonians in this territories were killed or forced to live anywhere else. For this crime there is an ugly word: Genocide.
Today the governments want to hide this crime, becaus they have to pay very much for this crimes. So they say: No, there is no Macedonia, Macedonians don’t exist, they are just evil persons who try to fake a state. The problem is that over the half territory of Greece is fake, because they stole it from Macedonia.
But Greece, also Bulgaria, are members in te EU, Macedonia not, so Macedonia has no chance against them.
And because that many governments deny the real existence of a macedonian state and his history, the macedonian government has to build that many patriotic statues, to show who they are.
That’s not nationalism, that’s a try to save the macedonian identity.
Like if you are against this horrible game that is played with Macedonia, like if you are for the truth!