site.btaChairman of King Boris III Association of Ohrid Summoned to Prosecutor's Office
Tome Blazeski, Chairman of the King Boris III Association of Ohrid, which has been deleted from the central register of North Macedonia, has been called to appear at the local prosecutor's office on April 28 as he is suspected of "inspiring national, racial and religious hatred, discord or intolerance" and "deriding the Macedonian people" as per the country's Criminal Code. According to North Macedonia's Alfa TV, the complaint against Blazeski was submitted by the Jewish community in the country.
Pepo Levi, the leader of the Jewish community, said on Alfa TV: "I do not want to get someone sent to prison for 10 years. What I want is to stop the debasement of, and discrimination against, the Jews through glorification of Nazism and Fascism. I expect that the provocative acts will stop and the Jewish victims of World War II will no longer be used as a political bargaining chip. I am saddened to see that this Fascist narrative, this anti-Semitism, is spreading in the year 2023 at an unprecedented pace and the masses in Bulgaria and Macedonia are being instigated. This is wrong. We in Macedonia, too, hate to see history turned back and Fascism awakened through propaganda which extols Hitler aides."
The King Boris III Association confirmed on its Facebook page that Blazeski has been called to appear at the prosecutor's office. The association wrote sarcastically: "Happy 1948... You can be anything but Bulgarian!"
Meanwhile, Ljupco Georgievski, Chairman of the Ivan Mihailov Cultural Centre Association in Bitola, was questioned by the authorities on suspicion of inspiring xenophobia and racism.
The association in Bitola, like the one in Ohrid, was deleted from the central register of North Macedonia on the recommendation of the Commission on Names of Associations.