Greek lawmaker rips apart Turkish flag in EU Parliament
“What situation are we talking about right now… people are killing, stealing… [but] all we are talking about is Pakistanis and Afghans,” he said, urging that the Greeks be given back their “lost homeland.”
The Greek MEP blamed Turkey for the “stream of migrants coming into” his country and “getting away with whatever it likes.”
In response, the chair of the session called for restraint, adding that such behavior was not acceptable.
Lagos is one of the most prominent figures of Golden Dawn, a far-right racist political party in Greece.
In 2013 he was found guilty of attacking a community center in Athens which was hosting asylum-seekers. The Greek lawmaker, along with former Greek parliamentarian Nikos Michos and 20 other party members, had led the attack on the facility and its director.
Both parliamentarians got a two-year suspended sentence.
Last October, Italian MEP Angelo Ciocca was suspended from activities in the EP for several days for throwing a box of Turkish delight during debate over Turkey’s counter-terrorism Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria.
Lagos’ disrespectful display could draw a similar sanction.