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Three Turkish lawmakers take their oath on the Quran in the Greek Parliament.

Three Turkish lawmakers take their oath on the Quran in the Greek Parliament.

Lawmakers from Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party remained seated yesterday when the country’s three Turkish deputies took their oath on the Quran in Parliament. 

 Three-hundred deputies were sworn in during a religious ceremony led by Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of Greece’s Orthodox Church, including 18 members of the extremist far-right Golden Dawn party, a group that rejects the neo-Nazi label but whose members have frequently been accused of violent attacks against immigrants. 

When Syriza lawmakers Hüseyin Zeybek, Ayhan Karayusuf and PASOK lawmaker Ahmet Hacıosman took their oath on the Quran, Golden Dawn lawmakers remained seated to protest them.

Greeks clash with police as Bahçeli visits Thessaloniki

In a separate incident, a group of Greek Cypriots and members of the Golden Dawn party clashed with police in Thessaloniki after trying to enter the Turkish general consulate yesterday to protest a visit by Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of the Turkish opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), who is visiting Greece as part of his tour of Balkan countries. 

Bahçeli was paying a visit to the house where modern Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, was born while the city was under Ottoman rule in 1881, when a group of around 60 Greek Cypriot students gathered in front of the Turkish general consulate to protest his visit. A scuffle broke out between the group and Greek police officers protecting the consulate after the students tried to pass the police barricade. Around 40 members of Golden Dawn joined the melee, which ended after the police dispersed the group with tear gas. 

Bahçeli left Thessaloniki in the afternoon for Macedonia.


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3/20/2013 6:52:24 PM

Who is Agnes Smith?

ilker avni

6/29/2012 9:56:24 PM

@ The lion First of all the children Of Greece were not responsiable for Greece,s problems nor were the Greek people,the goverment of Papandreo was responsiable thats why he called two general elections hopeing he would lose and leave the problems behind him. So NO i wont give it a rest.As a father i cannot give it a rest ,and all fathers i am sure would feel the same as myself when it comes to any child suffering let alone sick children..To show compassion is not a sign of weakness.

Turk Uzan

6/29/2012 8:50:36 PM

@ JRC JRC, anyone with a Turkish nationality can become a politician in Turkey, CHP's (party Ataturk Established) leader Kilicdaroglu is Kurd. Turgut Ozal was a half Kurd president. WE have a lot of ethnicities (Kurd, Laz, Turk, Zaza etc) in our parliament, but unlike Europe we don't have a big community of third and fourth generation foreigners. You're talking complete nonsense. It's nothing but normal for a Turk that is born and raised in Europe to be involved in EU politics.

The Lion

6/29/2012 7:54:25 PM

ilker avni, I would imagine those Pakistanis and Afghans are more confused than anything else. There aren't enough of them for the greeks to blame their problems on them. Their problems lie with the "spoiled child" mentality of the greeks.

The Lion

6/29/2012 7:52:49 PM

Agnes Smith, don't flatter yourself. Unfortunately, a lot of them do stay in Turkiye. To them, greece is another transit region to the countries in Western Europe that actually know what they're doing.

The Lion

6/29/2012 7:47:34 PM

Agnes Smith, what is this "TK" you speak of? I know what you think you are referring to but I want you to say it outright. As for the problems there, it has everything to do with the people living there. They choose to live like that. When we try to help them evolve a few centuries, we are accused by foreign imperialists of "impeding their rights". Fine to us then, let them live lie that.

The Lion

6/29/2012 7:40:01 PM

JRC JRC, there are only about 2 MPs of Turkish origin in Greece. In those other countries, there are immigrant populations that have been living their for decades. Nearly all of these people face a lot of racist adversity to get to where they are in the first place and even some of them have to resort to anti-Turkish and/or Islamophobic positions to get elected and even then a lot of their constituents are their own people in places they are running.

The Lion

6/29/2012 7:37:34 PM

ilker avni, give it a rest. The greeks have mastered the art of pan-handling. I'm sure they'll find some misguided Western power to throw a few scraps their way after filling their head with Islamophobic "clash of civilizations" diatribe.

The Lion

6/29/2012 7:35:06 PM

Red Tail, Jews use Bibles now, lol?

ilker avni

6/29/2012 5:52:59 PM

@Agnes smith I understand what your saying,that is why i posted several times what a waste on military spending when it could go to rebuilding Turkey starting with schools etc etc,However Turkey has a duty to help its neighbour exspecialy when your neighbours children are dieing and suffering,Just as Turkey helps Somalia why cant it help their neighbour?.
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