A photo banner of protests near the building of the Parliament in Macedonia on Monday, December 24th, 2012. The photos show opponents and supporters of the way Government created the budget for 2013. (Photos by Aleksandra Dukovska/December, 24, 2012, Skopje ). More information under the tab video of this blog.
Published January 13, 2013 (3:45 p.m. (GMT + 1:00), updated: 7:57 p.m. local time)
We can conclude that the system failed to respond and question use of force toward those who think differently, when we will look back after decades to this video broadcasted by the TV program on ALSATM TV station (0:47:00-0:53:08) to the event occurred on December, 24th 2012 and we will still miss the answers and explanation what happened inside the Plenary Hall of the Parliament (Assembly).
The circumstances in which the country will shape its own future are not determined only by the triumphs in the past. Equally important for creating the future is the presence. And if we miss to answer what happen in the present days, the future will likely be up in the air.
Although, please do not mixed this with simplifying in terms of value of equipment in the Plenary Hall in the events of Monday 24th of December, 2012. What do matters is searching answers of those who ordered intolerance for different opinions and ways of thinking. Repression of rights, even to those who are unusually silent in the ways opposing the ruling Government in the country, eventually could lead to turning point and introduce the necessity of recognizing shaping of new leadership.
Thus, one can said boycotts are no useful tactics? Let’s consider everyone has right to express his personal opinion and that boycotts are not everyday practice for political parties. Although, one should recognize the level boycotts changed and shaped societies in the past. To admit, nothing is best of putting first things first.
One story of the past on a dispute between captain Charles Boycott and Irish Land League in 1880 introduced the word “boycott” in the English language. Since than, boycott is a word that recognize tactic to exclude someone from the society or group and does not refers to any person in particular.
Than, a great civil movement of African-American in the USA used boycott to move further with civil rights movement and introduce changes in the society. As Peter Dreier notifies in his article: Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired:
“On Thursday, December 1, 1955, Parks finished her work at the Montgomery Fair department store, boarded a city bus, and sat with three other blacks in the fifth row, the first row that blacks were allowed to occupy. A few stops later, the front four rows were filled with whites. One white man was left standing. According to law, blacks and whites could not occupy the same row, so the bus driver asked all four of the blacks seated in the fifth row to move. Three acquiesced, but Parks refused. The driver called the police and had Parks arrested”, explain Dreier.
In its article, Dreier further quotes Rosa Parks words: “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true,” Parks later explained. “I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”,
Those who have a little insight of American society and its history are familiar with New England tradition to bland moralism and pragmatism, which will drive to commitment to lead by example. This is a tradition on which the current USA President Barack Obama shaped and formed some of his beliefs and opinion.
Historically, the actions of Rosa Parks and further the leader of civil movement among African-Americans in the USA, Martin Luther King, Jr. are the great symbolism of leadership of non-violent resistance build on beliefs and not on force. In a letter from a Birmingham jail as a response to eight clergymen from Alabama, Martin Luther King notifies:
“For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
Thus, boycotts are part of life and they are healthy possibility in times often consider to be turning points for the future of societies. In a situation of peaceful confrontation of words, one could possibly agree the boycotts are not means to achieve popularity and introduce political beliefs. Although, one should create the space boycott is a possibility of citizens to express their opinions, feelings and beliefs not every policy and action of executive is justifiable and to open discussion in which one can confront boycott versus neutrality.
Great leaders often have complex thoughts to understand because their life is shaped in circumstances and backgrounds we have no full insights. Nevertheless, great leaders anywhere on Earth have messages we could learn of it. Despite the pros and cons of the role of Benazir Bhutto leadership in the history of Pakistan, worth mentioning are her words: “The contest between Islam and the West does not need to become a clash of civilization”.
If one could use this message of Bhutto to the context of this country could paraphrase and change into: “The contest between conservative political party and left in Macedonia should not lead to a clash inside the population of ethnic Macedonians”. Understandably to avoid such undesirably possibility in the future, the very unpleasant events in the Plenary Hall before the voting of the state budget cries to seek an answer what happened and who give the orders to introduce the acts of force in the Assembly. One cannot move further and strive for a change (the Government) in the society without answers to Painful Monday, as I would dare to define it Monday, 24th December, 2012.
Introducing a new way of leadership is not something predicted and declared with declarations of written words. In Macedonia, the new leadership should arise of authentic roots. If we correlate to history the authenticity as Krushevo Republic has in the past. Although, the present should more lively and vigorously create the future than the history.
Those on power and inside the politics in present days, often ask of help in the marketing agencies and among creative forces. I consider myself creative, or at least a journalist with open mind to creative achievements and solutions. Thankfully to know way of thinking nurtured in the Skopje based agency New Moment New Ideas that most of the time arose of great lateral thinking ideas of Edward de Bono, dare to say new leadership should know and seek for a dialogue not only in traditional ways of practicing of democracies, but rather in new forms of hearing of opinions.
To define suggestion of mine and ask for a solution one should seek in the wise movements in history or in modern ways of problem solving. I will just spell out the words.
What we can draw as a conclusion in the twenty years old democracy in Macedonia is that many of the past unpleasant events in the Parliament (Assembly) finished without reports, without clear understanding what happened. The most painful experience in the modern history after Socialism was lost of lives (local election in 2000) and leaving that open driven the country in the conflict situation in 2001.
If one expects the returning of the life in Macedonia like was before the Monday 24th it is a way to much optimist in expectations. In the time when, let’s again presume, the opposition would question the faith in justice independence and objectivity and the real will of majority in power to listen their concerns, returning to the Parliament is not anything but the advice of, (no one should be offended by these words), the traditional and old school way of thinking.
After messages to return the MP’s presumably would ask: “Why to return”? If members of the Parliament of the opposition decide not to participate in work of the Parliament after the local election, one should understand after facing approximately six minutes and eight seconds video of the beginning of this text. That much of a length changed the present life in Macedonia.
Thus, one should seek out for new ideas and not introduce the lackluster words. In an interview with Anthea Millnes, a father of lateral thinking Edward de Bono in September 7th, 2000 says:
“Of all sectors in society, business is the most interested in thinking. Others, such as political and academic, are only interested in proving themselves right. It upsets people when I say business is more interested in thinking than universities, but it’s true”.
There is no reason not to believe in words of de Bono, although there is no reason not to question them and open a way for a new ways of thinking and confronting ideas. And to those who want to shape Macedonia as a society of constant invention of ideas one notice. And to correlate this to the present, I will use Scholz and Friends agency concept of orchestra of ideas: “If an idea is not orchestrated, it’s noise”. For a start and a beginning will not question persons by their name and surnames. Will question only their deeds. Let’s see who has better ideas for Macedonia.
Dreier, Peter (2006, January 01). Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired. Dissent, (1), 88, Retrieved fromhttp://elibrary.bigchalk.com
King, Martin (2006, June 15). LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL. Rachel’s Democracy & Health News, (859), N_A, Retrieved from http://elibrary.bigchalk.com