Bulgarian Church Canonizes Victims of Ottoman Atrocities in 1876.
Novinite.com Society | April 3, 2011, Sunday
Photo: Victor Levy
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has canonized the martyrs of massacres committed against Bulgarian civilians by Ottoman irregulars and troops in the April Uprising of 1876.
Thousands of Bulgarian freedom fighters rebelled against the authorities of the Ottoman Turkish Empire in April 1876 seeking to liberate their nation and create an independent nation state.
The so called April Uprising was crushed with great violence by Ottoman forces but its coverage in the European press – facilitated primarily by American journalist working for British papers Januarius MacGahan – led to an international outrage and a humanitarian intervention in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 that liberated the Bulgarian nation-state.
A total of 30 000 Bulgarians, mostly civilians including women, children, and elderly, are estimated to have been slaughtered by the Ottoman forces in April and May 1876.
Between 4000 and 5000 Bulgarians were butchered in the Batak Massacre – in the southern town of Batak – described by MacGahan in a shocking account, while some 700 were slaughtered in the region of Novo Selo, Kravenik, Batoshevo, and Apriltsi – villages in Northern Bulgaria near Lovech.
While thousands of Bulgarians were murdered by the Ottoman Turkish forces, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has canonized the victims of the Batak and Novo Selo massacres in particular as martyrs and defenders of the Christian faith as they sought refuge from the troops dispatched against them in local churches and monasteries.
In the case of the Novo Selo massacre, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church canonized in particular two monks and seven nuns from a local monastery who were tortured and murdered by the Ottoman troops.
Thus, the martyrs of the Batak Massacre will be honored by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on May 17, and the martyrs of Novo Selo – on May 9.
The canonization performed Sunday in the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia by Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim was followed by a street procession honoring the newly proclaimed saints. Patriarch Maxim consecrated specially designed icons of the martyrs authored by icon artists Miroslav Asenov and Vladimir Avramov. The icon of the Holy Martyrs of Batak will be kept to Plovdiv, north of Batak, and the icon of the Holy Martyrs of Novo Selo will be kept in the town of Apriltsi.
This is the first canonization performed by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church since 1963 and the first one ever performed by Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim since he took over in 1971.
"We accept the decision of the Holy Synod and believe that the martyrs of Batak and Novo Selo deserve to be canonized," declared Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov in the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The canonization of the martyrs of the 1876 April Uprising was also welcomed and attended by Bulgarian Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, and hundreds of Bulgarians including MPs.
"We are here to pay our respects to the martyrs for the faith and freedom of Bulgaria," Tsacheva declared.
Dozens of residents of the town of Batak also came to Sofia for the canonization.
Bulgarian Patriarch Maxim (left) pictured with the icons of the newly canonized Holy Martyrs of Novo Selo (middle) and Holy Martyrs of Batak (right). Photo by BGNES
Last Edit: Apr 3, 2011 17:19:45 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Bulgarian Parliament Pushes for 'Thracian Compensation' Claims from Turkey.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | April 8, 2011, Friday
Bulgaria's Parliament has urged the Cabinet to speed up work in a joint Bulgarian-Turkish commission for settling the claims for compensations from Turkey for Bulgarians who fled Eastern Thrace (European Turkey) amidst repressions in the 1910s and 1920s.
Organizations of the descendants of Thracian Bulgarians are claiming that the Turkish state owes them as much as USD 10 B for real estate properties their ancestors left behind in today's European Turkey – and that these claims have been recognized with the Treaty of Friendship between Bulgaria and Turkey signed in the Turkish capital Ankara (also known as Angora at the time) on October 18, 1925 (the so called Angora Treaty).
All of the 125 MPs present in the Parliament Friday (out of a total of 240) voted in favor of the motion to accelerate the work on the compensation demands from Turkey, which was initiated by the nationalist party Ataka.
The MPs of the ethnic Turkish party DPS (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) boycotted the voting.
The draft proposal was initially discussed on Wednesday but Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov called upon the MPs to make its text as clear as possible so as to avoid stirring up controversies in the relations between Bulgaria and Turkey.
At the same time, he believes that a clear-cut text of the proposal would actually help speed up the talks with Turkey in the bilateral commission. Thus, the proposal was rewritten in the sense that it is now calling for accelerating the work of the commission.
The ethnic Turkish party DPS made it clear that it was not opposed to the proposal in principle but that it abstained from voting because it was tabled by the nationalist party Ataka, while it should have been tabled either by all parliamentary groups together, or by the government.
The adopted proposal assigns to the Cabinet to collect all possible information about the Bulgarian claims – referring to real estate of Bulgarian refugees from Turkey but also to Bulgarian cultural monuments in Turkey, and to properties that used to belong to the Bulgarian Exarchate, i.e. the independent Bulgarian church set up in the Ottoman Turkish Empire in 1870 – and to draft a financial analysis of the compensation demands, including the accrued interest.
Some 250,000 Bulgarians fled their homes in Eastern Thrace after the Second Balkan War in 1913, when Turkey, back then still the Ottoman Empire, seized the opportunity to reclaim some of the territories the Ottoman Empire had lost in 1912-1913 to the Balkan Allies in the First Balkan War.
There are around 800,000 descendants of the refugees from 1913.
The compensations issue has been raised especially by Bulgaria's Diaspora Minister Bozhidar Dimitrov. In December 2009, Dimitrov even suggested Bulgaria should veto Turkey's EU accession unless the compensations issue was not settled – which led Prime Minister Borisov to scold him publicly and to deny any such moves.
During his visit to Bulgaria in October 2010, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demonstrated good will on the issue.
"Wherever the claims are legally founded, we are going to satisfy them," Erdogan said in Sofia Monday. In turn, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said he had many times urged all Bulgarian citizens with claims on properties their ancestors left behind in Turkey to provide all documents available to the Bulgarian state so that diplomatic action can follow up; however, no such documents have been turned in to date.
The major bases of the Bulgarian Thracian compensation claims for Turkey is the Angora Treaty of 1925, whose full text is available in English HERE (Derived from the website of the Hungarian Institute in Munich) www.novinite.com/media/files/2011/filepath_7.pdf
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 15, 2011 13:59:08 GMT -5
I wonder what the Soviets had done to make Bulgaria not wanting to be their allies...let me think..
Bulgaria Marks Anniversary of Its Deadliest Terror Attack.
Novinite.com Society | April 15, 2011, Friday
April 16 marks the 86th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack in Bulgaria's history, the assault at the Sveta Nedelya church.
On Friday, a memorial service took place at the church in honor of the 150 victims of the assault.
On April 16, 1925, a group organized by the Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) blew up the roof of the Sveta Nedelya Church in downtown Sofia.
The assault took place during the funeral service of General Konstantin Georgiev, who had been killed in a previous Communist assault on 14 April. 150 people, mainly from the country's political and military elite, were killed in the attack and around 500 were injured.
By chance, all government members survived. The monarch, Tsar Boris III, was not in the church, as he was attending the funerals of those killed in the attempt on his own life in the Arabakonak pass in Stara Planina.
The Sveta Nedelya church after the attack. Photo by Wikipedia
Yes, I have mentioned this before at least once in the forum.
It was orchestrated by the Soviets and its entirely their fault for alienating Bulgaria. The Soviets had killed their own Tsar and later tried to do the same thing with Bulgaria. Unlike the White Army of Russia, Bulgaria didn't send forces towards the Red Army (in ww2) even though we could have. Considering the Soviets were hostile to Bulgaria before even ww2, Bulgaria behaved honorably under the circumstances. After ww2 the Soviets n with their commie bulgarian backstabbers went on a killing spree on the elite and nationalists everywhere, same things as before ww2 but in power could do it on a larger scale.
Soviet offer to Bulgaria "Join us so we can kill you, how could you say no to an offer like that?"
Last Edit: Apr 15, 2011 14:11:56 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
I would never criticize Bulgaria for not allying with the Soviet Union. And respect for not sending troops to the East front.
In my opinion the only real problem was the behaviour towards Serbs on the occupied territory. Don't know how Macedonians were treated.
The Serbs were trying to Serbianize the population in Macedonia, all the intelligentsia were being hunted down n killed, even the priests.. Serbia let out heavy criminals from their prisons in Serbia and sent them to Macedonia and let them have free reign to terrorize the population to become submissive, just imagene the terror those lunatics caused... Adults were being forced to attend school to learn Serbian, all intelligentsia had been replaced by Serbs from Serbia. People had their names forcibly changed, gravestones had to change their names into Serbian ones...IMRO answered to this by killing administrators of the occupation, Serbs and collaborators (the later who would side with Yugoslavia after ww2).
Bulgaria got flooded by refugees from Macedonia, there were many of them especially in Sofia and all were demanding that they should be able to return home to Macedonia without being persecuted. When the Bulgarian Prime Minister wanted to ignore the plight of the people of Macedonia and the refugees in Bulgaria, IMRO got mad n assassinated him! After that no politician was safe from ignoring his people, appeasing Serbia was a no-no.
War was unavoidable, the refugees from Macedonia mass volunteered into the Bulgarian army so in ww2 they could return to Macedonia by kicking out the Serb invader.
The treatment of the Serbs? Well, soldiers who were from Macedonia were most likely to do revenge and they did in kind.
The Bulgarian army was greeted as Liberators in Macedonia because it was made up partly by those from Macedonia, their own relatives returned home. Any 'Macedonian' who got killed was a collaborator for the Serbs and it was the people of Macedonia who best knew who the traitors were. Who else made it easier for the Bulgarian army to find out who the collaborators were?
Bulgarians from Bulgaria seem to get all the blame for what happened to Serbs n to some 'Macedonians' but it was an opportunity for the people of Macedonia to settle scores. Very few of the 'Macedonians' sided with the Serbs. After ww2 they wanted to join Bulgaria, but Yugoslavia gave power to a small minority, Srbomans, and a bunch of Jews. Those created with Tito the "Macedonian" language, "Macedonian" church etc. and rewrote history by crossing out word bulgaria n replaced it with macedonia. When Serbs had gotten attacked, instead of pointing out that it was people from Macedonia they lay the whole blame on only people from Bulgaria so not to admit that people in Macedonia were angry with Belgrad. And as for people from Macedonia killing collaborators, why that was replaced with "fascists from Bulgaria"
Any blaming for killing Serbs n some Macedonians cannot only be pointed at Bulgaria, Macedonia should admit that they had a lot to do with it as well. But with Serbs killing off most of the intelligentsia in Macedonia what you had left after ww2 was mostly peasants n such, anyone who resisted Yugoslavia/Serbs, were sent to Tito's death camps, so what you had left in Macedonia were the least capable, skilled, educated and it's those imbeciles who bought into the Alexander the Greatski BS... to them Macedonia was synonym with armed resistance against Ottomans n others so regional identity gets hijacked is rewritten as "ethnic Macedonian" and from that we have todays brainwashed 'Macedonians' who keep making excuses why no orthodox church in the world recognizes their Monkeydonian church.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 15, 2011 17:36:21 GMT -5
Macedonia dissolves parliament, elections slated for June.
BELGRADE, April 15 (Xinhua) -- After lawmakers in Macedonia voted to dissolve parliament, Speaker Trajko Veljanovski on Friday announced new elections for the Balkan country would be scheduled for June 5, one year earlier than expected, reported the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA).
Veljanovski explained that according to the Macedonian Electoral Code, elections must be held within 60 days.
On Thursday evening, with a vote of 79-0 in the 120-seat assembly, the motion to dissolve parliament was carried. The Macedonian parliament had been boycotted by many opposition parties in recent months. At the core of the deadlock are charges of corruption linked to the owner of a private television station in Skopje.
Veljanovski said the election would address the "artificial political crisis" created by opposition parties, who were using parliament as a forum to address issues better addressed by the judiciary.
"The irresponsible behavior of some politicians threatens to ruin results we have achieved," said Veljanovski, addressing the electorate. "As someone who signed the motion for parliament's dissolution, I feel profound accountability in urging you to stand in defense of country's future."
Opposition leaders welcomed the early elections, saying it was an opportunity to replace the current government headed by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
Macedonia currently faces a harsh economic situation and a protracted diplomatic dispute with neighboring Greece. Athens has charged that the former Yugoslav republic's use of the name Macedonia implies historical and territorial pretensions on northern Greek territory. As a consequence, Greece has effectively blocked Macedonia's membership process toward the EU and NATO.
This will be Macedonia's seventh national election since seceding from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.
Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Ban of Jehovah Witnesses.
Novinite.com Domestic | April 19, 2011, Tuesday
VMRO supporters during the protest against the Jehova Witnesses on Sunday. Photo by burgasnews
The Jehovah Witnesses are a dangerous sect and has to be abolished in Bulgaria, the nationalist VMRO party has declared in a letter sent to the Bulgarian press.
The nationalists claim they have nothing to do with Sunday's physical assault on followers of the movement.
On Sunday, five followers of the Jehovah Witnesses were injured in a clash provoked by a rally against their sect, organized by VMRO. The incident happened in the Black Sea city of Burgas, in front of the Jehovah Witnesses House of Prayer.
The attackers were football hooligans, VMRO explains in the letter, stating that the party intended to stage a peaceful protest. However, it warns that accidents like this may follow if the Jehovah Witnesses are not banned.
"If the state does not take measures against the untraditional and dangerous religions, clashes like this in Burgas will continue to happen. The citizens will react on their own when they see that the state is idle," VMRO says.
Meanwhile, the Jehovah Witnesses have said they will approach the Human Rights Court in Strassbourg, as well as the Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office, about the case.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 21, 2011 15:48:11 GMT -5
Bulgaria, Macedonia Honor Common Revolutionary Hero.
Novinite.com Diplomacy | April 21, 2011, Thursday
Bulgarian and Macedonian officials commemorated Yane Sandanski, a revolutionary of importance for both countries, on the occasion of the 96-th anniversary of his death.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Bulgaria's Foreign, Affairs Maxim Gaitandjiev, and the Ambassador of Macedonia to the country, Blagoi Handzhiyski, laid wreaths at the grave of Yane Sandanski, near the Bulgarian Rozhen Monastery.
The initiative comes from the Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia in Sofia. It is an expression of the common desire of both countries to mark dates, events and personalities that are important for the history of both states, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry declared.
Yane Sandanski was one of the leaders of the VMORO (Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization; initially called "Bulgarian Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Committee"; the "Bulgarian" ethnonym was dropped later to attract the other ethnicities to the cause). He operated in the Serres region and was head of the extreme leftist wing of the organization.
Yane Sandanski was involved in the Revolutionary Movement in Macedonia and Thrace and became one of its leaders. Since the start of his revolutionary activity, he gained popularity because he protected the local villagers in Pirin Macedonia from the tyranny of the Ottomans, organizing courts and taught self-defence. He was also one of the organizers of the Miss Stone Affair - America's first modern hostage crisis
Yane Sandanski considered himself and is considered an ethnic Bulgarian in Bulgaria and abroad but is regarded as an ethnic Macedonian in the Republic of Macedonia, whose independant history as a nation started in 1944.
Senior Bulgarian and Macedonian officials laid wraths at the grave of revolutionary Yane Sandanski on Thursday. Photo by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 30, 2011 15:49:44 GMT -5
Bulgarian Muslims Raise Alarm over 'Provocation' by Nationalist Party Ataka.
Novinite.com Society | April 29, 2011, Friday
The Bulgarian Chief Mufti's Office has protested against what they describe as a ill-minded provocation on part of the nationalist party Ataka during Friday's Muslim prayer in downtown Sofia.
A car of the Ataka part is reported to have appeared with loudspeakers near the Banya Bashi mosque in the very center of Sofia during Friday's Muslim prayer playing Orthodox Christian songs and the sound of church bells.
The Banya Bashi mosque in downtown itself has loudspeakers that sound Muslim prayers in the entire area around it – which itself has been a grievance taken up by nationalists and Sofia residents.
"Is this the tolerance of the Bulgarian politicians?" the leadership of the Bulgarian Chief Mufti's Office asks in a public declaration protesting Ataka's provocation on Friday saying that the prayer of the some 1 500 Muslims praying in the Banya Bashi mosque.
The mosque staff called the police who arrived shortly leading the car of the nationalists to disappear from the scene.
According to the Chief Mufti's Office, the nationalist party Ataka has lost momentum and public trust and is trying to attract attention by staging provocations against the Bulgarian Muslims and raising anti-Islam slogans.
"Such actions will probably be the major and leading motive in the party's campaign for the upcoming elections, and we expect a growing antagonism against us. We underscore that their plans have been deciphered. We call upon the Muslim community not to succumb to such provocations but we also state that we won't bear with such frivolities denigrating the dignity and freedom of the citizens trying to observe their religion in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the state," says the Chief Mufti's Office declaration.
It promises to alert the Prosecutor's Office, the Interior Ministry, and the State National Security Agency DANS because such threats are said to be dangerous to Bulgaria's national security and public order and can escalate into unexpected forms and scope.
Bulgaria Recreates Start of Historic April Uprising.
Novinite.com Society | May 1, 2011, Sunday
The eruption of the 1876 April Uprising was given its traditional re-creation as part of official festivities in Koprivshtitsa, one of the uprising's centers.
Thousands of Bulgarians flocked Sunday to the Koprivshtitsa central square, where the first shot of the uprising was fired.
Participants re-enacted the events of April 20, 1876, when rebels took over the town and set up the revolutionary headquarters.
The culmination of the official celebrations will be later Sunday evening in the nearby town of Panagyurishte, where Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov will give a solem speech.
Participants recreating the events at the inception of the 1876 April Uprising. Photo by BGNES
Russian Bikers Honor Bulgarian History.
Novinite.com Society | May 1, 2011, Sunday
A group of bikers from the Russian Night Wolves club laid wreaths Sunday the Shipka Memorial of the 1877-8 Russo-Turkish War that resulted in Bulgaria's liberation from the Ottoman Empire.
The Shipka summit in the Stara Planina mountain range was the site of a decisive battle in the war, during which many Russian soldiers and Bulgarian fighers fell.
The 40 men travelled on their bikes all the way from Russia to take part in a multitude of historic celebrations across Bulgaria.
Sunday they commemorated not only Bulgaria's liberation, but also the 135th anniversary of the April Uprising that preceded it.
The Night Wolves had arrived in Ruse on April 29 and travelled to Bulgaria's medieval capital of Veliko Tarnovo, to take part in celebrations of the 1330 anniversary of the founding of the Bulgarian state in 681.
Monday the Russian rockers are back to Tarnovo and then on to their homeland.
The Russian bikers from the Night Wolves at the Shipka Memorial Sunday. Photo by BGNES
Russian bikers from the Night Wolves laying wreaths at the Shipka Monument in Bulgaria commemorating Russian and Bulgarian warriors who fell for Bulgaria's liberation. 1 May 2011.
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