DESTROYING THE GRAVES OF LOCAL
With the aim to wipe out any evidence for the existence of Slav minority
the newspaper ,,Stohos" from 13.08.1987 writes:
,,Search well around and whenever you see in a village or in a city a
grave with Slav idols - destroy it! Do not be afraid. If someone tries
to stop you tell him that the nation has ordered it. Place Greece,
Orthodoxy and the Armed Forces in your hearts! You are Greek! Do not
From an article in ,,Ta Moglena" newspaper, May-June 1989
can be clearly seen which other rights the local population was
deprived. The article is published under heading ,,Why".
- Why files with our /Slavonic/ names are opened every day;
- Why they part us and do not promote us on important posts?;
- Why the Macedonians do not reached the ranks of ,,general"?;
- Why Macedonians are not promoted for Secretary General and
- Why they do not become Macedonian Bishops or priests?;
- Why recently there is a tremendous exile and the Macedonian
employees are moved from their offices?
Referring this it gives the local country men the following advice: ,,To
be able to keep yourself you have to be informed. If you see ,,BMW"
or Mercedes cars stopped in front the cafe you have to know that these
are the gorillas of KIP and EUP /Intelligence services of Greece/, so be
careful what you speak in this cafe".
DEPRIVATION OF PROPERTY
In the first issue and unfortunately the last one of the published in
Greek ,,Zora" newspaper from October 1993 (an attempt for
publishing a paper for protection of Bulgarian population in Lerin
region) there is an article ,,Inquire of the Minister of Finance and
Agriculture" in which the fact is revealed that about 300 ha of
land belonging to the ,,St. Pantaleimon" community is distributed
without any lawful grounds among Greeks coming from USSR (Pontian
Greeks). At the meeting between the countrymen and the Lerin prefect
they received the following astonishing answer: ,,Let them take not
only your land but your houses as well and I will do nothing because
these people - citizens ofVetora village are Pontian Greeks andyou are
Slavofons. Go to search your rights in Skopje and Sofia".
,,Niki" newspaper from 9.3.1946 published an article under
the title: ,,Let the terror against Slavo-Macedonians stop" :
"So, with the arrival of the National Guard in our District,
more than three thousand Slavo-Macedonians were arrested. Over one
thousand were brought into court with the stereotype accusation of being
member of the OHRANA and most of them were sentenced to death, long term
imprisonment and confiscation of property. Over 500 rotted in the four
jails in Florina, Casandra and Salonica. More than four thousand
persecuted and terrorized abandoned their homes and families and were
forced to run abroad. Many families in Banica, Aminteo and others were
thrown out of their homes. The property of hundreds of families was
confiscated. The chasing squadrons hounded the Slavo-Macedonians. They
were arrested without a reason, were tortured until they were
unconscious and then loaded on mules were taken to the prisons. Whole
villages like Rigono, Oksia, Nanica, Setina, Trijantafilija and others
were thrown in the jails and brought into courts for cooperation with
LAW REGULATIONS AND DECREES
Several more important acts, depriving the citizens of Aegean
Macedonia of Greek citizenship and property during the years 1946-1949.
1. Decree No.LZ/47 from 1947 with headline: ,,To deprive of
Greek citizenship persons who act anti-nationally". By this
decision all persons, supporting ,,the Democratic army of the Greek
Communist party" were deprived of Greek citizenship.
2. Decree M/48 with legal power from January 198 for "confiscation
of the entire or part of the property of the participants in the
guerilla war and their assistants".
3. Decree No.48 from April 1948 for "losing property
due to anti-state activities".
In the following years many decrees were passed, such as Nos. 944,
258, 800 from April 3 and July 20th 1951, for the application of Decree
No.976/46 for repatriation of the persons, living near the borders.
Later new laws were adopted, because these were considered insufficient.
DIPLOMAS, ISSUED BY THE SLAV UNIVERSITY WERE NOT RECOGNIZED
The Minister of the National Education and Religion considering
a) the provisions of Article 46 of the Law No. 1238/82;
b) Decision No. 1/5421: proclaims that the diplomas of ,,St. Cyril and
Metodius" University in Skopje are not recognized by the Ministry.
OFFICIAL DENATIONALIZATION POLICY
According to the denationalization policy, adopted in 1913, the use of
Macedonian names was forbidden. The names received the typical Greek
endings or were changed entirely. The use of the word ,,macedonian"
was forbidden in order to avoid the possibility for claiming another
ethnocultural identity than the Greek one.
OF TOWNS AND VILLAGES
Until several years ago Aegean Macedonia was officially called "Northern
Greece" and only since August 1988 in the existing new
circumstances has adopted the name ,,Macedonia". In the Greek state
newspaper ,,Efimeriostis Kivemistos", issue 332 from
November 21,1926 was published the law for obligatory change of the
names of all of the villages and the towns, as well as the names of the
rivers, mountains and regions. That way 588 towns and villages received
names totally different from the Slav names that had existed for more
than 12 centuries. The perfidious purpose of that action was the family
memory to be razed to the ground.