Foreign Minister, Nikos Kotzias, has said that he received hundreds of threatening messages over the Macedonia name issue. But also bullets and “boxes containing blood and soil.” In an interview with 247 FM, Kotzias said that he has received more than 800 threatening messages and is still receiving threats against his own life and his family.
“I have received more than 800 messages with threats against me and my family,” the Foreign Minister said. “I have received boxes with blood and soil soaked in blood, bullets.”
He wondered, “Where is the prosecutor? We are talking about serious felonies and I do not see anyone reacting. I found the phones, addresses, and names of the people threatening me by phone. Authorities just make recommendations.”
he added that “all this is reminiscent of the period 1963 -1965,” a period of political instability that ultimately led to the military dictatorship of 1967.
“We have a diversion to hate rhetoric that undermines decocracy. Have you seen any public prosecutor being bothered by this?” he wondered.
Referring to the protests against the Macedonia deal, the minister said that many demonstrate against the agreement with FYROM with good intentions. However, Kotzias condemned some of the slogans heard during the protests, slogans like “Bring us weapons to take Skopje.”
Kotzias said further that the “hate rhetoric” is tolerated and facilitated by the stance of New Democracy. He urged the main opposition party to condemn such rhetoric.