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“Desorosoization” of Macedonia should put an end to false civic activism

Nenad M (1)

I see “desorosoization” of Macedonia as a process which first will put an end to false civic activism. People who want to engage in politics can freely register a party, offer a vision of an “open society” to the citizens as their political platform and seek support for its implementation in legitimate elections, said Nenad Mirchevski, one of the founders of the “Stop Operation Soros” movement, in an interview with “Press24″, explaining the reason for launching the movement and the main motives for their actions.

“It is an undeniable fact that the threat to the survival of the country is too serious, and the society is too polarized and divided to allow ourselves to leave the fate of the country solely in the hands of the politicians, while we, the citizens, are comfortably following the process from our chairs. I believe that at the moment only through a civil movement like this one can we hope to unite the Macedonian citizens against George Soros and his vision of an “open society” which is a direct threat to the survival of Macedonia. Our main goal is to expose the activities of Soros’ network in Macedonia, and time will tell whether and how much we will succeed in that. Our mission will be as successful as the support and cooperation we would get from the citizens, whom we expect to help us in obtaining information about the work of these fake NGOs,” said Mirchevski for “Press24″ stressing that their activities are not directed against NGOs or the process of genuine international support for projects that offer improvement of the society in Macedonia.

“Our idea is to help create conditions to finally revive the NGOs and civil society activists to finally get a real opportunity to work on projects that can bring something good to the surrounding which they live in and to the country in general. Currently the civil sector is swamped with organizations funded and entirely dependent on Soros’ money. No one can get a cent unless they accept the ideology of their leader and become “mortal” enemy of the government. That’s how most of the participants in the so-called “colorful revolution” have been recruited,” Mirchevski said.

Trump’s election, as he said, has given them a strong ally in the fight against the global manipulator.

“We must take maximum advantage of the situation if we want the desorosoization process to yield results. Honestly I am glad and I welcome the position of the VMRO-DPMNE, which said it was high time to desorosoize society and civil sector, but I would also like to express some criticism to this party. It has been in office for ten years and during its term did not take serious measures to stop the anti-state, destructive and illegal activities of these structures. If Soros’ NGOs have violated the Law on associations and foundations, by now institutions should have responded in accordance with the Constitution and the laws, and not tolerate them for “peace in the house”. If Soros’ NGOs have used any loopholes as a mask to conceal their political action, then the state should have long acknowledged the omissions and closed the valves for their financing which again would prevent their destructive activities,” Mirchevski said.

You launched a movement known as “Stop Operation Soros.” Why and what are your motives?

MIRCHEVSKI: The stock market speculator George Soros, through the Open Society Foundation, has been present in Macedonia since 1992, and during these two and a half decades, through his media, experts, analysts, former informers and spies, civic activists, he is continually acting as an extended arm of one political option – SDSM (even in the years when this party was in power). At the same time, they have aggressively, and most often lacking validity, but always synchronized and well-organized, attacked VMRO-DPMNE’s by presenting to the public a black and white picture of the country’s political scene, in which one side, or the left-wing, is always right, while the other, the right-wing, is always the one to blame for everything that happens in society, even for natural disasters.

With tens of millions of dollars poured into the civil sector, Soros not only managed to take full control over the NGO sector, but he also managed to radicalize his mercenaries to the point of entering into direct conflict with the law enforcement authorities, attacking and destroying state property, violating cultural monuments … These NGOs do not work on real civil projects in the area for which they are registered as civic associations, but they act as an extended arm of one political option through which they are openly trying to change the unitary character of Macedonia. Soros’ mercenaries no longer hide that they advocate creation of a new social order as imagined by the stock market speculator George Soros, in which Macedonia and the Macedonian people will completely lose their national identity, their national characteristics, and even the state…

On the other hand, we have political parties that at the moment, apparently, do not have sufficient capacity and power to protect the national interests. We can list many reasons. Both objective and subjective, but it is an undeniable fact that the threat to the survival of the country is too serious, and the society is too polarized and divided to allow ourselves to leave the fate of the country solely in the hands of the politicians, while we, the citizens, are comfortably following the process from our chairs.

I believe that at the moment only through a civil movement like this one can we hope to unite the Macedonian citizens against George Soros and his vision of an “open society” which is a direct threat to the survival of Macedonia. Our main goal is to expose the activities of Soros’ network in Macedonia, and time will tell whether and how much we will succeed in that. Our mission will be as successful as the support and cooperation we would get from the citizens, whom we expect to help us in obtaining information about the work of these fake NGOs.

Nenad Mircevski (2)

Many people associate your movement with the ruling VMRO-DPMNE’s announcements for desorosoization. Is it a coordinated action, or your movement is a kind of special, authentic moment?

MIRCHEVSKI: We follow the views of all political parties in Macedonia in terms of the process of desorosoization and in this regard I can say the following: first, the “Stop Operation Soros” movement emerges at a moment when conditions are created for some real effects from its activities, and that moment is Donald Trump being elected as president of the US. If the old administration in Washington remained, it would have been naive to expect that we can achieve anything here locally, because Soros had close ties to the previous US administration. The possibility of any effect would be reduced to a theory not only for us but for anyone in the region.

Second, I am glad and I welcome the position of the VMRO-DPMNE, which said it was high time to desorosoize society and civil sector, but I would also like to express some criticism to this party. It has been in office for ten years and during its term did not take serious measures to stop the anti-state, destructive and illegal activities of these structures. If Soros’ NGOs have violated the Law on associations and foundations, by now institutions should have responded in accordance with the Constitution and the laws, and not tolerate them for “peace in the house”. If Soros’ NGOs have used any loopholes as a mask to conceal their political action, then the state should have long acknowledged the omissions and closed the valves for their financing which again would prevent their destructive activities.

As regards to the attempts to link our movement with VMRO-DPMNE desorosoization announcements, I would just like to remind that VMRO-DPMNE is not the only party that supports the process. To my great satisfaction, the same view is shared by dozen other major and minor political parties that openly express concern about the danger of the activities of the Soros network in Macedonia, hence if someone wants to link us with a political party, it would be fair to mention them all. It would make me even happier if our views are publicly supported by the moderate leftists, who oppose the radical actions of SDSM leadership, which is directly influenced by Soros mercenaries and causes enormous damage to Macedonia’s national interests.

Why such movement emerges at this point, does it coincide with the movements of its kind in Europe, or whether Trump being elected as president of the United States has been the incentive for you?

MIRCHEVSKI: Look, Soros is not only working against the interests of Macedonia and the Macedonian people is not alone in rising against him and his followers. There is also discontent with the aggressive imposition of his political ideology in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and the United States after the election of Donald Trump as president, where we are witnessing the same attempts for organizing color revolutions aimed at overthrowing the legitimate government…The economic speculator, actually, works only for his own personal interest and he doesn’t care about the consequences caused to citizens and countries in which he operates.

Trump’e election gave us a strong ally in the fight against the global manipulator. We must take maximum advantage of the situation if we want the desorosoization process to yield results.

Nenad M (3)

What are your ultimate goals, some say that you are some kind of counter NGO sector in Macedonia?

MIRCHEVSKI: We’ve been labeled as such by those who dream of the return of single-mindedness in Macedonia. Since the first day we showed up with the initiative to establish a civic association, Soros activists hurled insults and unsubstantiated accusations at us. It was an expected reaction given the fact that we directly attack their source of funding, their sponsor who pays them astronomical amount of money, unusual not only for Macedonia but also for the region. Trying to avoid answers about the legitimacy of their enormous monthly salaries of 3,500 euros, and their funding directly from the money of the American taxpayers, about the open propagation of a political ideology and advocacy of the political views of a certain political party … they decided to respond with insults and slander. We will definitely not take their bait. We will not spend our energy on public arguing and we will not allow to fall to such a low level as to communicate with insults. We will continue to work on our agenda with the ultimate goal – pluralism of civil society. That does not mean that we are going into some kind of “witch hunt.” And we don’t intend to go after Soros associates on the streets as they represent us. We would never accept their way of operation, by organizing violent protests, by conducting physical attacks on people with different opinions and by destroying someone else’s property. However, it does not mean that we are scared by their aggression and that we will back away under the blows of their threats. It is important to know that the time of the violence has ended and that every new such attempt will be treated differently this time.

I see “desorosoization” of Macedonia as a process which first will put an end to false civic activism. People who want to engage in politics can freely register a party, offer a vision of an “open society” to the citizens as their political platform and seek support for its implementation in legitimate elections. The very fact that the dearly paid supporters of Soros “sell” his ideology hidden under the guise of civic activism through some non-governmental organizations clearly indicates that behind all this lies something deceitful, something harmful to the citizens, something that they can’t publicly present to the people.

Are you against the NGO sector in Macedonia?

MIRCHEVSKI: Absolutely not. This is probably another twisting of those on Soros’ payroll. Our idea is to help create conditions to finally revive the NGOs and civil society activists to finally get a real opportunity to work on projects that can bring something good to the surrounding which they live in and to the country in general. Currently the civil sector is swamped with organizations funded and entirely dependent on Soros’ money. No one can get a cent unless they accept the ideology of their leader and become “mortal” enemy of the government. That’s how most of the participants in the so-called “colorful revolution” have been recruited. In the past two years we have seen how young men and women, who believed they were contributing to improve the situation in certain areas of society, such as education, healthcare, ecology … for which they also received certain payment, were abused by Soros and the opposition SDSM as tools for inciting violent protests that deepened the political crisis. Those same young activists finally realized they had been cheated and exploited for political purposes, but things went too far to be able to correct some errors. If these young people were not financially dependent on Soros and if they were not exposed to such strong political indoctrination, the situation, certainly, would have been different today.

Nenad M (6)

Are you against donations from foreign foundations?

MIRCHEVSKI: It is not wise the state to stop donations from foreign foundations because through them are financed useful projects as well. But what it can and must do is create a mechanism that will seriously control the entry of those money and how they are spend. What we will insist on as a movement is a serious control of the money arriving in these organizations. Millions of dollars enter in the civil sector annually on various grounds, which, in reality, are used to destroy state institutions and overthrow the legally elected government. I have no problem with projects that actually contribute to improve certain area of social life, but I have a big problem when the money are used for political propaganda to the detriment of national interests and the state. No one benefits from this way that Soros’ NGOs operate. Neither the citizens nor the state. Only Soros mercenaries benefit from that as they charge high fees for they services.

You came out with a report claiming that USAID Macedonia funds have been abused by the non-governmental organizations that were given the projects. How much money and what kind of abuse are we talking about?

MIRCHEVSKI: Political abuse. This is US taxpayers money which never should be used for politicized, ideological projects which a huge part of the American, and most of the Macedonian citizens, disagree with. It’s okay the US to donate money to build infrastructure in Macedonia, or to modernize the country, and we are grateful for that. But in this case, Obama’s leftist administration started to fund projects through which unethically and politically helped the opposition in Macedonia, thus greatly influencing on the radicalization of SDSM. It is not acceptable. That is not economic aid for Macedonia’s development, but interference in the internal affairs of the country which has drastically disrupted the relations between the two countries and how large proportion of Macedonians see the United States.

Nenad M (5)

What are your next steps? Whether and to what level will you continue with the activities?

MIRCHEVSKI: We already announced some of our activities. Our idea is to inform the US authorities about the situation in Macedonia and how the US Embassy and the USAID mission are using US taxpayers money to promote a political ideology through Soros’ network. For that purpose, we prepared material detailing Soros’ activities in Macedonia, which has been already distributed to representatives of the Senate and the Congress, and to officials from the new US administration close to President Donald Trump. What we ask of them is to revision of the USAID programs and, at the same time, investigating possible misuse of US taxpayers money which was given to Soros’ NGOs over the years.

We also asked the US embassy and USAID to allow us access to information about these projects and the money spent on them. The moment we receive concrete answers, they will be shared with the public. Apart from the attempts to reach out to US authorities, we are directed towards fully exposing the activities of Soros network in Macedonia.

I would not want to share more information about our next steps at the moment, but I can say that our activities will continue until conditions for developing genuine pluralism in the civil sector are created.

Do you expect a counteractions by the NGOs close to Soros?

MIRCHEVSKI: I can’t predict what kind of counteractions they could take, but whatever they decide to do, I am certain that they will be condemned by the public. As I mentioned, our goal is pluralism of the civil sector by giving space and a fair chance to all who have the will and desire to act in this area. It can’t harm anyone except those who want to hold a monopoly over it. Maybe they won’t like it, but I do not see any justification to take any counteractions. Simply, they have no choice but to accept the process as inevitable reality. Also, I do not believe that any of them will, at least publicly, oppose the initiative for more serious control of the financial operations of NGOs. Of course, if they work honestly and in accordance with state laws. Of course, they can at any moment complain that they are pressured and the like, but here I also expect active role of institutions, which should be maximally transparent in these cases. In other words, no one should prohibit the work of NGOs, which strictly observe the laws, but they should be clear that the time when Soros NGOs and activists were violating laws and acted as a state within a state is over. Simply, the laws must equally apply to everyone and everyone must be equally accountable to them.

How do you evaluate the development and the role of NGOs in Macedonia?

MIRCHEVSKI: The NGO sector, unfortunately, today hardly justifies the function it should carry out in society. Truth be told, Macedonia as a young democracy didn’t have a lot of experience in this field, and to be the situation even worse, all previous governments unjustly neglected and didn’t pay attention to the importance of civic activism, much less helped its development. Poor national policy in this area has helped Soros’ millions of dollars get complete possession of the civil sector and to abuse it for destroying the state order. That is why in recent years the civil sector was seen as a sectarian association that you can’t get close to if you do not conform to the rules of the Open Society game, which does not recognize peoples, nations, national symbols, borders…

Instead of promoting pluralism, freedom of speech, equality, justice, they fiercely propagate an ideology and aggressively attack people with different opinion than their own. Instead of cherishing the Macedonian tradition and culture, the impose Western quasi-values. Instead of standing up for our national interests, they represent Soros’ interests for states without peoples and nations. They identify themselves as global citizens rather that Macedonians! Look, they can declare themselves as they wish. They may feel as Martians too, but they can’t martianize the whole nation. Nobody gave them the right to trade and bargain with the name and identity of the Macedonians. Nobody gave them the right to decide on changing national symbols, federalization, cantonal division, opening borders … Especially not from a position of civic activists.

I expect the desorosoization process to eliminate the anomalies in the NGO sector as soon as possible and in the meantime I hope that the new government will show interest to help develop the right civic activism, which the citizens and the state will benefit from.