Andreas Petrides, President of the Union of Macedonians, is another number of Greeks who fell into a dispute with the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC), after their report on ethnic Macedonians in Greece, but failed to deliver any real arguments, repeating the classical Greek empty phrases. Earlier, the Greek ambassador in London also joined in with severe criticism of the BBC.
As “iefimerida” reports, Petrides, the President of the Union of the Macedonians in the UK, challenged the report because, as he says, it claims in one part that the Macedonian language had been banned by the dictator Ioannis Metaxas, and in other parts that the language was not officially banned. The BBC’s response was that the report made it clear that the language had not been officially banned for several decades.
However, contrary to this, the British Broadcasting Cooperation did not find it appropriate to respond to Petrides claims that the report was one-sided, with very little mention of any official Greek positions and accusing Greece, a member of the European Union, of violating human rights, according to the President of the Union of Macedonians, is untrue.
Contrary to all of Petrides’s above-mentioned claims, world history clearly marks the attitude of the Greek state towards Macedonians and other nationalists throughout almost the entire 20th century, which the BBC describes appropriately in its report.