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A group of Greek Cypriots and members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party clashed with police in Thessaloniki after trying to enter the Turkish general consulate today. 
 
The groups were protesting a visit by the leader of the Turkish opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli to the city, 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 the nationalist leader's 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 the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party joined the melee, which ended after the police dispersed the group with tear gas. 
 
Bahçeli left Thessaloniki in the afternoon for Macedonia.

June/28/2012

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Dennis Kavaz

7/2/2012 8:51:45 AM

The anti Turkish that is occurring in Greece, and overseas, wether in sports, politicks or religions it’s not new and their excuses to date is a) in democratically every one has right to his opinion b) its not the entire nation, and c) they are only few. The truth of the mater is, if a Greek finds a Turk on a high roof, he would push him of; and when the Greek comes dawn to make certain he’ll kick the Turk in the guts as well.

Chris Green

6/29/2012 2:37:27 AM

Turk Uzan: The problem is fundamentally this: They are 'major-ally' inferior!

DORUS LIVIS

6/28/2012 11:41:14 PM

your problems with Syria or anything else? I believe in our friendship, I think it would be mutually good and beneficial but unfortunately there are many obstacles and suspicions which have to be overcome. There are also many myths which are 'served' deliberately or not and are based on ignorance of one another...

Another View

6/28/2012 9:23:03 PM

As a Greek I am saddened by the violent behavior of a, literally, handful of people in front of the consulate. I do hope that Turkish opportunists who want to pour oil on fire do not do so. Extending characterizations to the whole Greek nation from theses acts is just as senseless and racist as the very acts themselves. Attempting to do so shows the inferiority of those attempting it but also their hate. Shame on both groups.

kerem atan

6/28/2012 8:39:36 PM

right turk uzan. i recall when fanatic apoel fans having attacked karsiyaka basketball players.they had invaded the court with sticks,knives, gas bombs,injuring some players.fanatic fans literally meant to kill the players at the time. the thing is apoel got away with a little punishment.no matter what greeks and greek cypriots do, europe has always protected them.europe has just started to wake up and they are trying to get rid of these rascal kids now.

Thessalonian

6/28/2012 8:39:19 PM

Let us not judge an entire nation based on the actions of a handful of extreme right wing nationalists. Their actions certainly do not represent me as they do not represent millions of others as well. However, it is worth noting that they do have their inherent freedom to protest despite the immense doctrinal differences by the majority of the citizens. A freedom not espoused in the Turkish society at present. Regards

Turk Uzan

6/28/2012 6:29:05 PM

Is the new ..? Are you people Surprised when the Greek Cypriots try to lynch a visiting team of Turkish basketball players. Or Greek football hooligans who come to our country and start breaking and burning stuff, disrespect our flag etc. This is all part of a major inferiority complex these guys have. the Greek educational system is one of the most racist ones in the world. They can't handle the fact that they use live under a Turkish flag and their modern culture is mostly Turkish just sad

kerem atan

6/28/2012 5:51:26 PM

wont turkish party leaders be able to pay a visit to greece any more? they will probably be welcomed by the protests of pro neo nazi members of golden dawn party most times.bahceli just visited Ataturks house.theres no reason to be provoked. golden dawn are far more extremes than Nationalist movement party. xenophobia and racism are soaring in greece..
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