UMDiaspora demands an inquiry and an investigation to the recent embarrassing events outside the British Embassy in the Republic of Macedonia regarding the alleged abuse toward the members of the folklore group, “Gotse Delchev”.
Reports say that British Embassy officials:
- Asked the Folklore Group to dance in front of the Embassy in order to prove that they were dancers. Subsequently, the dancers reported that they felt humiliated and used after their national folk dance was made fun of;
- Singled out under aged female dancers and asked them for their cell phone numbers for non-Embassy use;
- Offered substances other than tobacco to smoke; and,
- Ridiculed the ethnic Macedonian youths because of their cultural identity.
After this highly irregular and unprecedented process, visas were not issued to all members of the Folklore Group and therefore the group had to cancel the trip. The United Macedonian Diaspora understands that every Embassy has the irreproachable right to issue visas to whomever they deem fit. However, this case clearly spells out a breech in trust with the citizens of the Embassy’s host country. British Embassy officials were ethically and morally out of line with their behavior towards impressionable, under aged youth. This behavior is not only unethical, but also immoral and unacceptable by any standard.
For more information about United Macedonian Diaspora the public is invited to contact the D.C. office at (202) 294-3400, or e-mail at [email protected]