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Supporters of the Greek Communist party shout slogans during a rally in solidarity with the Turkish protesters in Athens June 3, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused anti-government protesters on Monday of walking "arm-in-arm with terrorism", remarks that could further inflame public anger after three days of some of the most violent riots in decades. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Supporters of the Greek Communist party shout slogans during a rally in solidarity with the Turkish protesters in Athens June 3, 2013. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused anti-government protesters on Monday of walking "arm-in-arm with terrorism", remarks that could further inflame public anger after three days of some of the most violent riots in decades. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Around a thousand Greek leftists on Monday marched in support of Turkish protesters who clashed with police in Ankara for a fourth day in the greatest unrest to face Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
 
"Authoritarianism is broken on the street, solidarity with the Turkish people," chanted the demonstrators from various leftist groups including the main opposition radical left Syriza party.

"From Taksim Square to Athens, we fight poverty and hunger," they sang, referring to Istanbul's main square where demonstrators rallied.
 
The Athens demonstration included a small group of Kurdish refugees who held a banner in Greek and Turkish: "Overturn the regime".
 
A similar protest had been held in the northern city of Thessaloniki on Sunday.
 
The protests in Turkey started out as a local environment campaign and quickly turned into one of the biggest demonstrations against Erdogan's government since it came to power over a decade ago.
 
Syriza, Greece's second largest party, has condemned the Turkish police's heavy-handed response to the protests and called on European Union authorities to put pressure on Ankara.
 
"All over Turkey there are protests over press freedom, union rights, the rights of Kurds, women and the right to protest. It is imperative that Erdogan listens," Syriza said.

June/03/2013

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Vangelis Denaxas

6/7/2013 11:41:04 AM

Ken Alden sorry for misinterpretating your intentions. As for me personally honestly I don' t have any hate for common people of any race or religion and I have Turkish close friends. Off course I will stand up for my country if it is disrespected no matter if it is a declined low status country these days. As for the majority of us here anyway we have our own problems to deal with while the turkish matter is an internal matter of them.

Theano thea

6/7/2013 10:45:32 AM

@Dutch Turk@True Turk Erdogan is a Great Leader for Turkey with small issues like (Light Islamism) witch is not real problem and specially for Greece and I tell you why:Very cleverly allowed the Greeks to exercise their religious rights in Turkey, like the Muslims in Greece.Is the first Turkish leader who visited Thrace (in Greece) just to close the big mouths.he has the merit to allowed Christian functions in important monuments of Orthodoxy as S. Nicholas in Pontos.

Ken Alden

6/7/2013 9:05:34 AM

@Vangelis Denaxas, No i'm not 90 yet but i hope to get there before long, as for my country, it is the good old US of A and believe me, we have many versions of Democracy and free thinking, in my life time I have experienced many forms of Gov'tincluding Far,far Left and I take all "ISM's" with a grain of Salt & even then at a distance. I met many Greeks most of them Good and the bad ones, very bad, particularly those suffaceting in hatred. We all are humans & none of us are 10 feet toll. Yassu!

DORUS LIVIS

6/6/2013 12:39:47 PM

Dear Vassiliki I am certainly not 'turcophobe' neither feel bad about the Turks. My comments are never unfriendly. I am just dissapointed by some people's reaction to this solidarity march which is supposed to be a good thing...on the other hand I can not tolerate comments which are full of disrespect about my country and so mistrustful.

Vasiliki Katsarou

6/5/2013 10:13:14 PM

DORUS LIVIs `relax` it's not like all Greeks are against the TUrks. Those who are, they're just a minority of neo nazzis and nationalists. but you know nationalists are the same around the world they see enemies everywhere. You seem to get shocked easily, but first get shocked with yourself, people in TUrkey have given their lives for liberty for the last days and you 're writing so disparingly of them.

Vangelis Denaxas

6/5/2013 7:21:29 PM

Ken Alden yes people here have the tendency each one to express their own opinion (no we don't have so many political parties) because they feel free. I don't know whether in your country this freedom historically is understood or accepted. The Greek leftists existed already before the crisis. As for the 4 million Greeks we were more when your father told you this, unless you are at least 90 years old.

kirsten vainc

6/5/2013 5:59:43 PM

To all those suspicious of Greeks: actually the mainstream media until some days ago hailed Erdogan as the big democrat reformer of Turkey. Maybe you would be surprised to find out that actually the political establishment preferred Erdogan over Kemalists. Those of us who, because of personal ties with Turkey and Turkish people , raised concerns, were regarded with suspicion.

mara mcglothin

6/5/2013 5:12:53 PM

DORUS You know what they say about good deeds? Well, here is the evidence. You are correct AMERICAN. Time to start talking about the future and leave the ancient history in the books.

Ken Alden

6/5/2013 4:52:05 PM

@Vangelis Denaxas, Your joke is funy as it is sad, there are many people on both sides that truly believe what you have said as a jest. I truly believe that the Greek "Left" is born out of frustration created by 'Pie in the Sky" solvation of the impossible situation of the countries perpetual economic dilema but are in no position help themselfes or anyone else! As a Child, once asked my Father, he said; "there are 4 million Greeks and also 4 million Political Parties and opinions! Is it true?

Vangelis Denaxas

6/5/2013 11:37:10 AM

Greeks are responsible for the protests in Turkey since the very beginning. Through secret alien devices they manipulated the brains of millions of Turks in order to start protesting the turkish government. Their goal is one: to stop Turkey from becoming a global Chaliphate superpower. True Turk, Dutch Turk Janicar, Ozgur Kuzu and others here are right: these satans are part of a conspiracy in order to spread the infidels' ideas
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