OPINION The characters of the Macedonian political sitcom
Actually, Apasiev is a comic character. But he is a total liar and despot, too – the party he’s in charge of, after having previously made a Stalinist purge within its ranks, has a totally opposite name of what it really is.
by: XHABIR DERALLA
The Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia… While ones are dealing with creating policies for running the state and solving problems, others are abusing the podium for poisonous propaganda and building their own image. Becoming rich comes as a bonus. Or vice versa… Many new faces with whom we will be “socializing” in the next four years.
Here is Apasiev. That fraud and bully on the social networks and in the student classrooms, black-shirted, has dug his way to the biggest microphone in the country (parliamentary podium) and “refreshed” the vmro (and not only vmro) nationalist rhetoric with several new elements. His appearance is not new in the Macedonian Parliament, because his logorrhoea, self-importance and neurosis, and even physical appearance (just much smaller) remind you of another ultranationalist from the previous structures of parliament – Todor Petrov.
Apasiev in his “second speech” (hilarious!) didn’t miss mentioning his real ideological and political mentor Gruevski, with the purpose to relativize his dark appearance in Macedonian politics and to equate Zoran Zaev with him. He cited several quotes from famous names of philosophers in an ultimately unskilful and unconvincing construction, as seminar work of a below-average and indolent student. And what? Everyone was supposed to be blown away of how much he reads and knows. Well, it’s obvious that by far he hasn’t read enough, and even less understood what he has read. It seems that he’s unaware of the gap in his education and of not understanding things. Unskilful are also the attempt to “weaken” his immature and low intellectual level, with street-wise witticism and insults which, in fact, refer to him and his mentors and allies from the bottom of the dark ideologies.
There’s no need to talk about the political credibility of Levica and Apasiev anymore. The former founders and true ideological engines of the party, the true left-oriented intellectuals and activists, have said and written enough, testifying to his greed for money and extreme right political orientation. Even Janko Bacev, who perhaps is an outrageous figure, but at least is sincere, and probably sufficiently informed from the party underground, recently, in front of cameras, revealed many juicy details about him and the party: formed by VMRO-DPMNE, from 2017 almost three-hundred thousand euros have arrived on their bank account (now stuck in the bankrupted Eurostandard Bank), Apasiev having received an apartment in Aerodrom as a reward, drives Alfa Romeo…
Actually, Apasiev is a comic character. But he is a total liar and despot, too – the party he’s in charge of, after having previously made a Stalinist purge within its ranks, has a totally opposite name of what it really is. From an initiative with a progressive leftist orientation, with sincere and dedicated top intellectuals, he created an extreme nationalist bunch hidden behind empty phrases and insufficient understanding of the theory they say they advocate in practice. This gang conducts obscene abuse of freedom of speech daily, behind which they hide their vulgar and extreme nationalist character. All together – distasteful and awkward confusion that surfaces from the big cracks of their small quasi-political “little heads”.
The difference is in that, one has to admit, this character is a far better manipulator and knows how to invest in the social media and public appearance. In front of a more literate public, his “aura” would burst like a soap bubble. But for this we’ll have to wait. Especially since mentors of the bunch that Levica kidnapped are experienced political thieves, the same who kidnapped also VMRO-DPMNE and still keep it hostage.
Behind the great words and quotes hides a striking superficiality, unacceptable for the teaching staff of even a countryside primary school, let alone for someone who has a title of a university professor. Unfortunately, the same can and should be determined also for Mickoski’s “renowned” favourite – the professor who perhaps didn’t know where she was when she was a presidential candidate, but therefore did know how to “justify” her extreme nationalism by saying that she had almost married an Albanian. To the general laughter of the audience. Both of them together look like a mother and a son for who a hilarious political sitcom can be written, in which at least twenty more grotesque characters from the Macedonian political scene can accompany them. If nothing else, in these next four years we will laugh often. Unfortunately, every so often bitterly as well.
The Macedonian voters will yet see who they voted for. But the MPs will also see that, from one election to another, part of the Macedonian public is increasingly more sharpening its “taste” for what it hears from the biggest podium in the country. And this is just a small and modest contribution to the “heating” of the MP seat in this term. They need to be aware that their seat will become hotter and hotter with each step closer to the EU.
Not even this character, just like not even Todor Petrov or Solza Grceva, deserves to be given too much attention. Still, he ended his, as he called “second speech” (this character causes laughter in the very first sentence of his grotesque appearances) in Parliament with the words that the Colorful Revolution wasn’t treacherous, but was betrayed. This was perhaps the only thought that is logical and correct, and hasn’t been said for the first time (this guy isn’t original, at all).
It’s true that the Colorful Revolution wasn’t treacherous. And not only that. The Colorful revolution was a unifying, original, non-violent and successful fight against the criminal regime to which precisely he belongs to (this will soon become obvious even for the most mistaken).
It’s also true that the Colorful Revolution showed and proved that the Macedonian society is highly aware and rebellious, progressive and European. For betrayed, we can dispute. If the Colorful Revolution was betrayed, then it was precisely he and those like him who betrayed it. However, I wouldn’t see it that way. Apasaiev and those like him were an installation of the regime in the Colorful Revolution. It should be clear, the Colorful Revolution cannot be betrayed. Its goal – fall of the regime and restoring democracy and freedom – has been achieved. And let’s be clear, the Colorful Revolution is just the last in the long series of protests and movements that didn’t allow for the regime to completely suffocate the freedom, equality and democracy in our country. The Colorful Revolution was antinationalist and anti-fascist, that’s why we participated in it. And he is an ultranationalist. His appearances and actions refer to strong influence from Stalinism and fascism. One supersedes the other. In no way should he be talking about betrayal here.
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