Tsakalotos defends Turkish Minority MPs subjected to racist attack

Western Thrace
Wed, 20 Dec 2023 8:37 GMT
New Left MP Efklidis Tsakalotos reacted against Spartans MP Vasilis Stigas who attacked Turkish Minority MPs.
Tsakalotos defends Turkish Minority MPs subjected to racist attack

New Left MP and former Minister Efklidis Tsakalotos reacted to the Spartan MP Vasilis Stigas who attacked the Turkish Minority MPs Hüseyin Zeybek and Özgür Ferhat with hate speech.

"I'm proud of Ferhat and Zeybek"
"I am proud of Ferhat and Zeybek," Tsakalotos responded to the far-right Spartans Party MP Stigas, who criticised New Left MPs Zeybek and Ferhat for meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his visit to Athens.

"There is no end to this authoritarianism. You will find it in front of you"
Tsakalotos said from the rostrum of the parliament: "They are attacking our two minority MPs. I would like to say this to the Spartan Party. I am proud of both Mr Ferhat and Mr Zeybek. They are very valuable representatives of their communities, of Rhodope and Xanthi. They are valuable representatives of Greece. There is no end to this authoritarianism. You will find this in front of you. Tomorrow, when another right-wing understanding takes your place, you will find this in front of you."

"Efklidis Tsakalotos gave a lesson in democracy"
New Left Xanthi MP Hüseyin Zeybek, in his post on his social media account regarding Tsakalotos' defence of them: "Deputy President of New Left and former Minister of Economy Mr Efklidis Tsakalotos gave a lesson in democracy with his rare intervention in the Parliament to the parties and politicians of the far right mentality who attack me and my comrade Özgür Ferhat under the roof of the Parliament at every opportunity."

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