The Macedonian Tendency: Forum 18 on Serbian Orthodox Church in Macedonia

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Forum 18 on Serbian Orthodox Church in Macedonia

Attention Macedonian flame throwers in ALT.News.Macedonia:

Put out your flames and do battle where it can make a difference. I don't know much about this issue but can some take it upon themselves to become a correspondent for this group. It makes Macedonia look bad without a rebuttal.

Forum 18 Archive

MACEDONIA: Priests and police raid and threaten Serbian Orthodox believers

By Drasko Djenovic, Forum 18 News Service

Nearly a hundred members of the Serbian Orthodox Church's branch in Macedonia were questioned by police and searched after they backed its failed registration application, Forum 18 News Service has learnt. Some were threatened they would be kicked out of their jobs. Police also pressured them to sign a declaration that they have abandoned the SOC for the rival, government-backed Macedonian Orthodox Church. When police questioned church member Goran Bogatinoski in Prilep in early January, they asked him why he allowed SOC monks to stay in his house and why there were icons in his home. Father David of the Archbishopric complained to Forum 18 of a "new wave" of police intimidation launched last December. The interior ministry denies that police questioned anyone just for signing the registration application.

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