George Beza, the student who attempted to kill Dr. Constantin Angelescu, Acting Roumanian Minister of the Interior, is unknown to the Macedonian national movement, which has no relation whatsoever to Roumanian politics. This was the statement issued to the press yesterday by the Central Committee of the Macedonian Political Organization of the United States and Canada.
It had been reported in dispatches from Bucharest that Beza was a Macedonian nationalist and an anti-Semite. In denying that the Macedonian nationalist movement has anything to do with anti-Semitism or with Roumanian affairs, the Macedonian Committee here stated:
“The Macedonian movement aims at the liberation of Macedonia from Jugoslavia, Greece and Bulgaria. It is not an anti-Semitic movement. The Macedonians know too well what persecution means and especially when it takes place in the Balkans. For many years we have been subject to such persecutions and we cannot be in favor of acts and activities like these of the Roumanian anti-Semitic movement. The Jews living in Macedonia have always been in sympathy with our cause for liberation and they have always helped it morally, materially and by active participation. The fate of the Macedonians does not differ from the fate of the Jews who are enjoying our full sympathy in their struggle for fair and just treatment throughout the world.”