Support from EFA (European Free Alliance) to DEB Party and President Asafoğlu

Greece
Thu, 11 Jun 2020 17:47 GMT
European Free Alliance (EFA), in which 46 political parties including Friendship Equality and Peace (DEB) Party are member of and has 9 parliamentarians in the European Parliament has published a statement about the DEB Party president Çiğdem Asafoğlu's v...
Support from EFA (European Free Alliance) to DEB Party and President Asafoğlu
European Free Alliance (EFA), in which 46 political parties including Friendship Equality and Peace (DEB) Party are member of and has 9 parliamentarians in the European Parliament has published a statement about the DEB Party president Çiğdem Asafoğlu's video in which she expressed her views on president Katerina Sakellaropoulou's attitude that she ignored the minority during her visit to the Western Thrace and the negative, insulting and threatening reactions made by the people and the media against the video.

The statement is as follows:

"Following the release of a video by DEB’s President Cigdem Asafoglu (Dostluk Esitlik Baris Partisi – The Party of Friendship, Equality and Peace) expressing her sadness and concerns about the lack of contact from Greece’s President during her visit to the region, a smear campaign against DEB’s President and the party has been launched by several media outlets in the country.

DEP represents the Turkish minority of Western Thrace in Greece. They have participated twice in the elections, becoming the first elected party in the provinces of Xanthi and Rhodope, where the minority population is greatest. They stand for democratic and peaceful dialogue with state officials to solve the multiple injustices that they face. These demands for dialogue continue, so far, to be ignored, as demonstrated by the lack of contact from Greece’s President during her last visit.

After the release of the video, a smear campaign in nearly 100 media outlets against the DEB and its President was launched, including death threats, slander and verbal abuse, as well as racist speech against the community in Western Thrace.

At EFA we support our member party DEB and their democratic demands. We are strongly against any kind of violence or abuse towards the Turkish minority of Western Thrace in Greece and demand an end to the smear campaign to DEB and its President.

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