04 May 2013

Macedonia pays tribute to Goce Delcev on 110. anniversary of his death

Macedonia paid tribute Saturday to Goce Delcev by appropriate sermon and flower-laying ceremonies at his grave in the  'St. Spas' (Holy Saviour) Church, regarding the 110th anniversary of the death of the ideologist of the Macedonian revolutionary struggle.

Representatives of state institutions, political parties, organizations, associations bearing his name paid their respects, while academician Blaze Ristovski was given the honor to reflect on Delcev's life and achievements.

The commemoration also promoted a project, which aims for the young Macedonians at home and abroad to nourish the memory of Delcev.

Flower-laying ceremonies were also held at Delcev's monuments at "Macedonia" square and City Park.

Visionary Delcev, who saw the world one century ago as a field for cultural contest among nations, was murdered by the Ottoman army in village Banica on 4 May 1893, while on his way to Ser.

The purpose of his last journey was to prevent or postpone the uprising, which was prepared at the Smilevo congress (May 2-7). Delcev believed political conditions were still not ripe for an uprising, which however occurred three months later (Ilinden Uprising).
Goce Delcev was born on 4 February 1872 in Kukus. He finished high school in Solun, then part of Aegean Macedonia and graduated from the Sofia Military Academy. Delcev worked as a teacher in Stip, but at the same time established a network of bases, committees and units of the secret Macedonian revolutionary organization (TMORO). He took part at the 1896 VMRO congress in Solun and served as VMRO's representative in Sofia until 1901.

Delcev says in the letters, which have been preserved until today, of his struggle for free and independent Macedonia, including vast rights for the poor population.

"The struggle's success will come through hard work, convincing all Turks, Greeks, Vlachs, Arnauts that we fight for a progressive-cultural state, based on radical and social principles, resulting in them extending the brotherhood arms, thus jointly resuming our struggle. This is how I see the world - a field for cultural contest among nations", writes Delcev.

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