As emotions run high between Macedonia and Bulgaria, as result of the work of the committee on historic affairs, Macedonian tenor Blagoj Nacoski posted a video of his rendition of the song The village of Vatasa is crying, dedicated to the 12 young Macedonians killed by Bulgarian soldiers in 1943, after being suspected of fighting for the Communist resistance.
We see the statements from Bulgarian nationalists regarding the history of the Macedonian people. I can’t believe their delusions. They deny their fascist occupation of Macedonia. This video is meant to remind them of the events which transpired exactly 76 years ago in the village of Mokliste, in Tikves, Nacoski wrote.
He also called on the Bulgarian state to apologize for this massacre, as well as for the earlier killing of 18 villagers in Dabnica, near Prilep.
A unit of the Bulgarian army killed the 12 men, aged 15 to 28, after several partisan operations were carried out in the region of Tikves. Four women escaped the massacre after some of the officers refused to shoot them.