- Oct 2, 2019
Yes the committee is not Bulgarian, because it also has Aromanians in it like Mitre Vlahot, Jews like Rafael Kamhi and others. The Aromanians were particularly noticeable. In the early days there were also some Greeks in the organisation, although their number quickly diminished seeing as they were more interested in assimilating the local Bulgarians. BMORK, TMORO, VMORO and VMRO were all initially non purely Bulgarian organisations because they initially focused on the liberation of the whole enslaved populace left in the European lands of the Ottoman Empire. Only after the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie uprising in 1903 did the organisations shift towards a purely Bulgarian character with some having autonomist ideas and others wanting the direct annexation of these lands depending on their views of what would help the Bulgarians there better.
Tell me, why did Gotse Delchev tour Thrace and Adrianople to inspect the local organisations in the years prior to the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie uprising? If he was a Macedonian fighting for Macedonia why would he care to inspect revolutionary committees all the way up to the Black sea? Unless you claim the people there were also Macedonians... but more likely you had no idea of any of this. Why did he chair the Plovdiv congress of the Adrianople revolutionary district in 1902???
Known it's been a while, but I remember this existed and have now decided to continue, despite the other conversations that have started around it.
Yeah there was Aromanians and other peoples in the organisation.
It didn't have a purely Bulgarian character after Illinden, you even mention the autonomists ideas here yeah. There were pro-Bulgarian branches, as well as those for an independent Macedonia.
VMORO wanted to liberate Macedonia and Odrin/Adrianople/Thrace because they were Christians. But it was like a common enemy kind of thing, not because they were all Bulgarians or something. VMRO originally planned to only fight for Macedonia's liberation, but decided to liberate Odrin/Adrianople/Thrace as well.
Hristo Tatarchev said "Odrin was not included in our program from the beginning. All our attention was then focused on Macedonia; but later the idea began to strengthen in us, so that our organization included the Edirne region"