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Default AMHRC Condemns Racist Remarks by Salonika Mayor Yiannis Boutaris in Melbourne

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http://www.independent.mk/articles/11838/AMHRC+Condemns+Racist+Remarks+by+Salonika+Mayor+Yiannis+Boutaris+in+Melbourne

AMHRC Condemns Racist Remarks by Salonika Mayor Yiannis Boutaris in Melbourne AMHRC demands Boutaris to immediately apologise for his ignorant racist comments which not only offend and humiliate Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia, but also Melbourne’s sizeable Macedonian population. Photo: macedonianhr.org.au
The Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee AMHRC condemns the racist remarks made by the Mayor of Salonika, Yiannis Boutaris, the organization says in its press release published on its web-site.

In an interview with the Greek newspaper Neos Kosmos which appeared in the Greek on-line version of the newspaper, Boutaris stated:

"My family hails from Kruševo but I find it very hard to say this is Macedonia...we should not forget that these people are Bulgarians. There is no Macedonian language. All this was created by Tito...."


“While we are not surprised at the racist negation of the Macedonian nation and language by yet another Greek official, it is nonetheless astonishing that Boutaris chose to make such an offensive statement while supposedly on an official visit to Melbourne to celebrate the sister city relationship between Melbourne and Salonika,” AMHRC says in its press release.

Boutaris’s assertions that the Macedonians "are Bulgarians", that there is no Macedonian language and that both are a "creation of Tito" are supported only by Greece and Bulgaria where the Macedonian minorities are denied the most basic human, cultural and political rights.

The Macedonian language is internationally recognised by all reputable linguists as a separate language and Macedonian ethnicity is a reality not only in the Republic of Macedonia, but also in Greece, Bulgaria and many other parts of the world - especially Australia, where the Macedonian language is taught at primary, secondary and tertiary level.

AMHRC demands Boutaris to immediately apologise for his ignorant racist comments which not only offend and humiliate Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia, but also Melbourne’s sizeable Macedonian population. His offensive views do not only undermine the sister city relationship, but also represent a repudiation of the values of tolerance, diversity and mutual respect on which it is ostensibly based.

Established in 1984, the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) is a non-governmental organisation that informs and advocates before international institutions, governments and broader communities about combating racism and promoting human rights.

Their aspiration is to ensure that Macedonian communities and other excluded groups throughout the world, are recognised, respected and afforded equitable treatment.
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