Monday, May 09, 2016


by Sasha Uzunov

Robert “Bob” Spasenoski, a long time Australian-Macedonian activist, emigrated to Australia in 1969 and went onto become an Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer (motorcycle section) who during his career in the early 1980s was tasked with guarding visiting Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, as well as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and Australian Governor General Sir Zelman Cowen.
He is now semi-retired and returned to his native Macedonia in 2009 to live. After the leaving the AFP, Spasenoski was active in the Canberra-Queanbeyan Macedonian community in the 1980s and one of the first member of VMRO-DPMNE party in Australia. He belongs to a faction that opposes leader Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of Macedonia from 2006-2016.

He has swing his support behind Macedonia’s “Colour Revolution” - a movement to change the VMRO-DPMNE government in Macedonia.
Mr Spasenoski’s previous activities in Australia.
Canberra landmark capped off at last
The Canberra Times (ACT) - Saturday 19 December 1987
Building worker Mr Robert Giammaria, of Sydney, on the scaffolding at the Church of St Climent of Ohrid at Narrabundah yesterday, when the roof was sealed.
The fibreglass cross lies waiting in the church to be installed. Later, it was put carefully into place by a crane.
The top of one of Canberra's most recognisable landmarks, the Macedonian Orthodox Church of St Climent of Ohrid at Narrabundah, was literally capped off yesterday five years after construction of the unique green-domed building began.
A crane was carefully used to lift the triple-tiered fibreglass cross on the top of the dome, sealing off the roof.
The job was completed with out any difficulties, much to the relief of the president of the church construction committee, Mr Bob Spasenoski, and secre tary, Mr Con Mazenco, who were on hand to witness the his toric moment.
Mr Spasenoski predicts the opening will be held in May, providing delays of the kind which have dogged construction in the past do not interfere. He says that, by that time, about $500,000 will have been spent on the church.

ROBERT SPASENOSKI: I support every protest, every demonstration by the people, whether they call it colour or colourless..however I am also against hooligans, rent-a-crowd and paid provocateurs..I don’t support violence and destruction of property...Democracy, I believe, includes the right to protest, as you know…
I am still a VMRO-DPMNE member, but aligned with "Forum na Slobodoumni Patrioti", working to clean up VMRO DPMNE of the criminal leadership, and bring it to be what it was set out to be…people's political party, for the benefit of the Macedonian Nation and its peoples..
"Yes in total oposition to Gruevski and his clan..”

- LINGERING SERBIAN CULTURAL HEGEMONY? Creeping anti-Croat sentiment

Question: Mr Spasenoski, you’re an astute observer, you were trained by one of the best police forces in the world, the Australian Federal Police (AFP)...
Shouldn't there be a protest outside the Serbian Embassy in Skopje by the Colour Revolutionists? Croatian Member of the European Parliament Marijana Petir, was barely 5 minutes in Macedonia, targeted for simply meeting with VMRO-DPMNE officials in SKOPJE, but Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucic had a very close relationship with Nikola Gruevski. Vucic has been condemned by some of the anti-Macedonian government protesters.
In 2015 - Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucic brought his government to SKOPJE to "collaborate" with Grujo, yet there was no protest outside the Serbian Embassy in Skopje.
Quote: “We have a lot to learn from our Macedonian friends,” Vucic said. Vucic gave Gruevski an endorsement. Why no protests? Why the inconsistency?

A failure to hold such a protest outside the Serbian Embassy in Skopje indicates an inconsistency, a hint of an anti-CROAT bias. Your thoughts?
ROBERT SPASENOSKI: It is very easy to stir up anti-Croat feeling in Macedonia; against Serbia it is almost impossible. Macedonians are, in the large, so close to the Serbs. As to why, indoctrinated over the years. No one thus far, at least officially, has ever spoken or said anything negative about Serbia.
In my years as an activist in Australia for the Macedonian cause, spanning from 1985 to 2009, I had always the support of the Croatian organisations in Australia, never the Serb organisations. I was in many instances referred to as South Serbian by the Serbs, which resulted in many arguments and fisticuffs..
However, the Croatian movement was always present at our demonstrations, as can be seen by their flags being waived together with the Macedonians...

…How can Macedonians be so pro Serb, and so anti Croat in Macedonia, I dont know and I will never understand...except to say, that the Communist regime had achieved its goal, to make the best Yugoslavs and best Belgrade supporters in the entire of Yugoslavia, that is, the Macedonians...The Macedonians from the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, are the best Yugoslavs and more Serb than the Serbs themselves in some cases…
Full interview with Robert Spasenoski will follow soon.

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