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Muslioski: If there was justice, we could be the happiest people on Earth

I am getting shivers all over my body when I think back on that period I spent in SDSM. What high priorities i could impose if the highest position that I had was a Congress delegate , and even I was not going to the Congress meetings just for a sandwich, because of low passions of some flimflam politicians I didn’t achieve higher position than delegate, speaking in an interview for “The Republic”,  the great fighter for the rights of “Torbesh” in Macedonia, Redzo Muslioski.

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Torbesh “ are noticeably most disturbed people before the election day in the state, due to the fear that rises to the level of panic about how they would define themselves by nationality this time, says Reggio Muslioski, Macedonian Muslim from Reka region. He once as a member of the SDSM party tryed to fight for the rights of “Torbesh” Macedonian Muslims, or people of our kind as they were named by  Fiat Canovski. Today, he says, when i remember that time i am getting shivers all over my body. Muslioski considered that the anger in him  never slept ,from which emanates the pain, the non recoverment  because of the pointing with the “Torbesh” sign in him. Some, he says, are complaining about our  language, other about our religion as a benchmark in nationality, third, however, religious inclinations take us to sin.

About the emigration of Reka region, he will say – magic buried in the stone ravine Radica and in its wild waters, whose waves every day pour their anger and rage because of demographic devastation that fortuneseeking River would leave without refund,  threatens us to turn Reka into  demographic ruin with the same future of Mariovo’s destiny, where today there is no one to be born and no one to die. Reka region, he adds, is a place on which is hard to be, and even harder not to be. He admits that several times he wanted to run away from the Reka, but it managed to keep him.

Bigger part of your life you are in politics, you were a member of SK at SKM and later you were more active in the social movements. Do you see progress in the way politics is conducted in the last decades?

Muslioski: Her Majesty politics was my obsession too. From the current distance if differences in the conduct of policy are perceived, certainly it has great progress, primarily because of the generated plural environment and possible pulsation that was enabled by the  multi-party system.

My experience says that man was ever appropriate category in the sphere of politics. The government, however, has always been damn eternal category. This I can understand, but I can not understand the talented poltroons in the politics, which after their installation into the warm lap of  government, they do not care anymore if everything is wrong in the country,  even the justice. They keep silent and pretend that they are thinking. It weighs when after we left  we said – after us flood, and those who came after us sad – the world starts after us.

I know there were bad things in the past government, but there was no container transition, no public kitchens for the poor to ate soups. There was middle class, and today there are newly rich guys, who play in ecstasy and they don’t give a damn  that at  the opposite side plays “The Heavy” (Macedonian folklore dance) actually, the life is playing.
Politics is not an easy job, it is hard to recover from the mistakes of the bad policy. Particularly is inexcusable if young politicians are obsessed with emotionally youthful anesthesia, because then these politicians know only what they want, not what they can.

You are respect among Macedonians and Albanians, Turks and other nationalities. How do you explain the fact that from Debar to Mavrovo always ruled a higher level of tolerance among citizens with different nationality and religion?

Muslioski: Tired but tenacious Reka has always, even today, mutual tolerance and respect for the different one and  kept in the vault of the future as builder’s pearl in the sphere of national relations. Carefully we preserve and nurture mutual pledge of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, religious and other differences to be our values, not our curse. It could be achieved only when it will be easier to forgive to the different one than to ones from your kind.

Here from the beginning of the time people with different religion in adjacent fields did not turn their backs on each other, but the topic of conversation was always for the rain and the prosperity. Where there is no cohabitation, says people from Reka, there is no life.
Muslioski In this occasion I want to send Reka’s message of coexistence to the wider Macedonian public through the following illustration which I do not remember where I had read or heard. Although it associate to racial difference, here there is a place for it. When the white American kid invited the black American kid Samir to his birthday, his mother asked him if Samir is black. Pure  child’s soul replied – I do not know, I did not see! I would only add, adults, grow wiser!

In this region live many people who objectively have a problem to be understood in the sphere of its national self-determination.

Muslioski It seems I’m tired of the search for an answer to this question. And the indigenous people Is exhausted of self-proving, but  still, they are called  “Torbeshi” to humiliate them. And the history, their stepmother, as defiance, from time to time  is opening their old curse. Some are complaining about our  language, other about our religion as a benchmark in nationality, third, however, religious inclinations take us to sin.  As there was no enough time for the “Torbesh” people for historical awakening. With decades they are heating their identity on low fire and adding  in the pot continuously various spices, but  the damn meal is not the same.

So I wonder what is ours undefined persecution that stuck us the different but so identical,  in mutual separations in ethnic and political views , for all to feel pity about us, and no one to appreciate us.

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Where Orthodox Macedonians made a mistake in the relation with their brothers, friends and fellows Muslims?

Muslioski: I would say, why Orthodox Macedonians were not honest healers of the open wound in the area of our national being. Because that wound even without that it hurts, but if you are not accepted by those you belong to, beside it hurts and it bleeds too.

With all due respect to honorable exceptions, but to this day, there is no way to overcome their big misconception that Macedonian may be only those with the Orthodox religion. The nation in this country, the regions where they live, left these people as a free space for political and other entertainment, i would say as a bazaar, which in truth, was regularly opened earlier. Where you could find the most beautiful words. Numerous emissaries at their favorite bazaar never hid why they performed earlier , where apparently, the specialized their craftiness to  perfection, for serious dose of anesthetic, making the whole of this nation that covers exonym “Torbesh”, and  everything split on three sides, so today we exist as  Muslim Macedonians, Albanians and Turks. Is there a way with three directions? Yes, it could exist, named nowhere. “Torbesh “ are noticeably most disturbed people before the election day in the state, due to the fear that rises to the level of panic about how they would define themselves by nationality this time.

You were part of SDSM, but failed to impose this issue on people that we are talking about, high among the priorities of the party.

Muslioski: I am getting shivers all over my body when I think back on that period I spent in SDSM. What high priorities i could impose if the highest position that I had was a Congress delegate , and even I was not going to the Congress meetings just for a sandwich, because of low passions of some flimflam politicians I didn’t achieve higher position than delegate.

In truth, I want to be honest, I was twice a candidate for MP. I do not open the painful memories of the events about it, they’ve been buried in me and will die with me. However, I learned something in life, that to progress is not enough just to  have talent, but it is required to have at least one agent.

Here, with this following paragraph I will finish my  bitter story: I refuse to accept that with the things i said here I admit personal frustrations, because in the political school of SDSM, I had enough long training to do not manifest pain when I was not elected, I felt hurt just when I have not been understood . But one thing I must admit – the anger in me  never slept ,from which emanates the pain, the non recoverment  because of the pointing with the “Torbesh” sign in me, because I marked my life with “Torbesh” coordinates, with Balkan’s scars, with my name, my language, because  of my people in my country, I was blushing. Today I feel proud that I managed to control my anger about my failure in policy, and indeed i had great comfort from my younger brother, who also failed into the music field, although everyone says that in  his throat was Reka’s nightingale .

Macedonian version

By: Goran Momiroski
Photo: Aleksandar Ianovski