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Archbishop Jovan (John) VI

MAKE RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION HISTORY!
Stop the terror, persecution
and discrimination on religious grounds
conducted by the Government of FYROMacedonia!

APPEAL

Filed under: General — July 7, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

After the illegal expelling (without a court order) of the Archbishop kyr kyr John (Jovan) from the cathedra in Veles in June 2002, as well as the expelling of the monks from four monasteries in January 2004;

after the lighting fire to the monastery in the village Nizhepole and the cutting of the hair of the nuns in the same in February 2004;

after the legalized identification of the declaratively secular state with a specific religious community - the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC), expressed through the Parliament’s “Declaration for support of the autocephaly of the MOC” reached on 23 January 2004;

after the demolition of the Church in the monastery “Saint John Chrysostom” in October 2004 and the confirmation of the 18 months of prison sentence for the Archbishop kyr kyr John in June 2005;

and, after the continuous discourse of hatred, which is an open summons to lynch, conducted by a certain group of reporters, close to the police (Broanko Gjorgjevski, Janko Ilkovski, Biljana Jovanovska, Aco Kabranov, Aleksandar Chomovski), it is more than obvious that the state authorities of the Republic of Macedonia, in collaboration with the sponsored-by-them Macedonian Orthodox Church, conduct a state terror, abolishing the right to freedom of religious confession and private propery.

Contrary to the currents of the civilization, according to which the respect of the freedom of religious confession is one of the basic human rights and freedoms, the Macedonian government, which formally appears as a signatory of the international conventions that guarantee those rights, in the recent days, progressively proves to be a cynical executioner of the values which are the foundations of every civilized and democratic society.

The abolition of the right to a free choice of a religious confession and belief is officially confirmed by the Macedonian judicial authorities in the verdict against the Archbishop kyr kyr John from July 2004, where, in a totalitarian manner, the judge Misko Stojkovski postulates: “the Macedonian Orthodox Church is the only religious organization of the Macedonian people’ (!!!).

Also, as an outcome of the Caesar-Papal unity of the state with the abovementioned “only religious organization of the Macedonian people”, the agencies of persecution of the Republic of Macedonia, on several occasions, brutally violated the right to a private property and inviolability of the homes of the citizens - tax payers and members of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric (the cases in Resen and Prilep, December 2004).

This political ideology, as a foundation of the terror and religious discrimination that is transparently conducted by the Macedonian government, spiced up with the discourse of hatred and the summons to lynch, on 10 July 2005, resulted in a brutal beating of the priest Borjan Vitanov. However, this did not suffice to the Macedonian police, so two days later, on 12 July 2005, they did nothing when the furious mob of some one hundred people, led by the senior priest of the local temple of the MOC, the priest Goran, with axes and other weapons in their hands attacked the members of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, who were on their private property, and later, in front of the eyes of the police who were mutely standing by and watching, completely demolished the cabin, which is a private propery and which was a small chapel where people gathered to pray.

Before this happened, on seven occasions there was breaking and entering, robberies, murder threats and desecrations in the abovementioned cabin - chapel “Saint Nectarios of Aegina”. In all these cases, the policemen, who never identified themselves, played the part of a hidden collaborator with the attackers, threateningly exerting pressure for our moving out of our own private property.

Does it happen in any country in the Euro-Atlantic civilization that a person praying on a private property is terrorized by the state to which he is a taxpayer? Does the modern world know of such a line of religious discrimination and threats to the right to life, home and possession as in our reality, the Macedonian government continuously kills these elementary values?

The photographs, which are more than illustrative, show that, in the Republic of Macedonia, anyone can publicly execute the members of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric with the support of the Macedonian government, and in a frighteningly similar way as in the time of the Nazism, when anyone could deprive of the right to life and possession the members of the discriminated religious and ethnic groups. This religious totalitarianism in the 21 century will remain noted as a phenomenon favored by the Macedonian government.

The purpose of this address is not only to inform, but also, and before all, it is an appeal to all the freedom-loving people, regardless of their religious, political and national affiliation or non-affiliation, to protect the right to religious freedom, the right to life and possession of all those citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, who momentarily face with their being tramped on and terrorized by the regime of this state.

In order to inspire prompt actions in all cases of violation of the basic religious freedoms and human rights, and in this concrete case when the Macedonian government, before the eyes of the global democratic public conducts a state terrorism on religious grounds, we will give the following example of a German intellectual from the time of Nazism: First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew; then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist; then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist; then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

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