Negus uprising (1822)
About Negus uprising
Negus (in Greek: Naoussa, Aegean Macedonia Greece). There were many reasons for the start of the Negus uprising in Aegean Macedonia in the year of 1822. But the main reason is the terror spread on the Orthodox population of Negus (Macedonians, Vlachs and Greeks) by the Ottoman Turks and the Albanian gangs of Ali Pasha of Ioannina.
That was the major reason why the Macedonians were joined by Vlachs and Greeks on March 3rd 1822, and together, attacked the city of Negus. At least army of 5,000 uprisers leaded by Atanas Karataso - Stariot, Angel Gaco and Zafirakis Logotet, immediately attacked the Ottoman stations this city (army, post, telegraph). Soon they organized their authority of the uprisers in Negus. After their settlement in Negus, several well trained dukes, went in other cities, like: Ber (Veria), Pazar (Ioanitsa), Lerin (Florina) Kozani to organize uprisings there, which was successfully done and the uprising expanded on a larger territory.
The up risers went to attack the city of Ber (Veria), but they didn't know that an Ottoman army already came there and settled in order brutally to end the uprising. They failed to enter in the city. After this attempt in Ber, the Ottoman major-general Lobud - Pasa sent an army of 20,000 Turkish soldiers the put an end of the uprising. In several occasions the 20,000 Turkish army failed to put an end of the Negus uprising. But it reached it's end at the beginning of April 1822. The Ottoman Turks were helped by a local surrender, who was paid to tell them information about the uprising (it's leader, their settlement) and these surrenders opened the gates of Negus. Soon the Ottoman army entered and brutally ended the dream for liberty of several thousands people. They were marching for 5 days in the city, killing, stealing everything what would came on their way. All the men between 15 and 65 years were killed, around 1,300. Around 30 Negus Women in order to save them selves from the Ottomans jumped in the waterfalls of river Arapica.
- Kriva Palanka