Niš Committee

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Niš Committee
Niš Committee.jpg
Photograph of the Niš Committee swearing oath
Formation 24 September 1874
Type secret revolutionary organisation
Purpose Liberation of Niš and its surroundings and merging with Principality of Serbia
Location
  • Niš
Key people
see list

The Serbian Liberation Committee of the Sanjak of Niš,[1] known as the Niš Committee (Serbian: Нишки комитет/Niški komitet) was a Serb revolutionary organisation (national liberation movement) based in Niš, established in 1874, with the aim of not only liberating Niš and its immediate surroundings, but also the whole of the Sanjak of Niš, including Leskovac, Pirot, Vranje, Breznica, and Tran, from the hands of the Ottoman Empire.

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History[edit]

Monument to the liberators of Niš - detail (one side) depicting the establishment of the Committee.

On February 24, 1874, the "Serbian Liberation Committee for the Sanjak of Niš", known simply as the Niš Committee, was founded and organized by Kole Rašić, Todor Milovanović, Dimitrije Đorđević, Milan Novičić, Tasko Tasa Uzunović, Đorđe Pop-Manić, Mihajlo Božidarac, and Todor Stanković.[2] They gathered at Božidarac's house, and Orthodox priest Petar Ikonomović swore Oath on the Christian cross and Gospel, reminiscent of the Orašac Assembly (1804).[2] Rašić was declared vojvoda.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dragoljub Simonović (1982). Zaplanje--priroda, istorija, etnografija, društveno-ekonomski razvoj, porodica, narodne pesme. Gradina. p. 127. 
  2. ^ a b Milić 1983, p. 298
  3. ^ Branibor Debeljković; Olivera Stefanović (2005). Old Serbian photography. Narodna biblioteka Srbije. p. 165. 

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