In his speech given at the Conference of the Union of Women of VMRO-DPMNE, party leader Nikola Gruevski poured an avalanche of accusations and threats against the opposition, against his critics and against the international community. In this speech, it seemed as if Gruevski was competing with himself. Aggressive, enraged and full of hate, Gruevski once more, without choosing words, showed just how little the Аgreement for overcoming the political crisis means to him, and at the same showed that he also has the intention of physically settling the scores with his opponents.
There are no hidden messages in Gruevski’s speech. He presented all of his views in the manner of a fierce populist, who will not hesitate in his quest for power, who will not be stopped by any agreement mediated by international representatives, nor from laws or principles of a democratic and fair political competition.
Gruevski mentions “the people” in his speech so often that it becomes repulsive, and it is overly obvious that he is equating himself with “the people”. He is clumsily hiding his intentions behind the notion of “the people”. When he says that “now people are angrier than ever before”, it is more than clear that by this he is stating that he is angrier than ever before.
For Gruevski, the people, the constitution and the laws have all been “raped” (as he said), while the ministers from the opposition party of SDSM, who are now part of the technical government, have been “imposed”.
Gruevski said (on behalf of the people, of course): “Laws and institutions have been created that were not of their [people’s] choice”, and that is why “the punishment and the revenge of the people will come on April 24”.
Obviously, the date of elections according to Gruevski is April 24. He continued in a threatening tone: “It is the day when it will be shown to everyone who is who in this country, namely, whose country this is”. Naturally, through the people.
Further, Gruevski is even more hostile: “in April, the people of Macedonia will regain its partially seized power, and through massive voting at the elections people will boot off falsely and forcefully appointed officials”. By this, without any particular sidestepping, he is suggesting that the mobilization and pressures will be of massive proportions and that he is prepared for violence. Additionally, Gruevski is stating that he is discarding the Agreement for overcoming the political crisis, for which he directly claims that it was imposed upon him.
“People are the masters of this territory. This will be the message for inside the country and abroad”, was the first of the four messages that Gruevski has sent in his speech, indicating clearly that he does not consider the “foreign services” [meaning foreign espionage] or the international community in general, to be an obstacle to his plans to regain the partially lost positions.
In a wrathful tone, Gruevski continued threatening: “All criminals with political ambitions that, through bribes, fraud, false recordings […] shall try to gain something for themselves […] will get booted by the vast majority of the people in this country, through massive voting at the elections”.
This populist speech of Gruevski, essentially, is grotesque and in other circumstances could be a subject of ridicule. However, having in mind that he and his associates have been leading a party that has put the state, institutions, finances, media and society under control during the ten years of ruling, this speech has to be treated as a document of the extremely insulting attitude of Gruevski and of his party towards all the efforts at national and international level, for overcoming the difficult crisis in the Republic of Macedonia.
Nonetheless, the following words perhaps describe this surge of aggression and rage: “It will be a long, very long time before any politician will ever again think of coming to power through enormous fraud, cooperation with foreign intelligence, criminals, counterfeiters, sergeants, with Vanhoutties [international mediator Peter Vanhoutte], with Katicas [Katica Janeva, the Special Prosecutor], and with scammers”.
This explains all the positions of Gruevski. After this, there are no dilemmas that Gruevski does feel extremely threatened, but also that he is prepared to do anything to escape justice, as well as to remain in power. At any price.