HISTORY LESSON: THE REBEL PRESIDENT
The Macedonian Revolutionary Nikola Karev was born on the 23rd of November, 1877 in Kruševo and was from a very poor family. Due to the poverty, he was forced to stop his schooling and got a job as an apprentice carpenter and when he was 16 years old he travelled to Bulgaria where he worked in Vasil Glavinov's carpentry workshop.
He then returned to Macedonia where he finished his education and went on to become a teacher in Bitola's high school. At the same time, Karev was actively involved in the Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation and became the head of the Revolutionary Committee of Kruševo.
In anticipation of the Ilinden Uprising (although he was against its raising believing that the people were still not sufficiently prepared for it) he had taken an active part in in its preparation and organisation after the decision had been made to go ahead.
Immediately before the uprising, he had published a proclamation in which he urged the people to win freedom via rebellion against Turkish rule. "BROTHERS, OUR PATIENCE HAS RUN THIN, OUR HEARTS FLARED UP, AND WE, THE SONS OF OUR SUFFERING PEOPLE MUST FULFIL THE SACRED VOWS OF OUR GRANDFATHERS AND FOREFATHERS. WE'VE ORGANISED OURSELVES AND GAVE AN OATH OF ALLEGIANCE TO DEATH AND REBELLION IN ORDER TO GIVE PEACE TO OUR MARTYRED MOTHER MACEDONIA, WHOSE GROUND IS SOAKED WITH THE TEARS, SWEAT AND BLOOD OF HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS AND TO FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM, BREAD AND HUMAN RIGHTS". After the liberation of Kruševo, Nikola Karev became the head of the new rebel government, therefore attributing the role of the 1st President of the Macedonian Republic - "The Kruševo Republic". Nikola Karev died 2 years after the Ilinden Uprising in a clash with Turkish forces on the 27th of April, 1905 in Rajčani (locality of Svilanovo). His remains were transferred to his native Kruševo on the 50th anniversary celebration of the Ilinden Uprising and on the 11th of April, 1990 were placed to rest in the memorial 'Makedonium' by which the Macedonian people continue to pay tribute to their great son, teacher and protector.
VEČNA TI SLAVA HEROJ NAŠ MAKEDONSKI!