Tsitiridis, both guilty and strong

Western Thrace
Sat, 19 Mar 2022 21:30 GMT
While everyone is waiting for an apology from Avdira Mayor Tsitiridis, who destroyed the cemetery of Western Thrace Turks, he continues to defend the vandalism he is responsible for. Avdira (Bulustra) Mayor Yorgos Tsitiridis, who destroyed the historical...
Tsitiridis, both guilty and strong

While everyone is waiting for an apology from Avdira Mayor Tsitiridis, who destroyed the cemetery of Western Thrace Turks, he continues to defend the vandalism he is responsible for.

Avdira (Bulustra) Mayor Yorgos Tsitiridis, who destroyed the historical cemetery belonging to the Western Thrace Muslim Turkish Minority in Petinos (Horozlu) village of Xanthi with heavy construction equipment, is not taking a step back.

This attitude of Tsitiridis was interpreted by the public as "both guilty and strong".

WHILE EVERYONE IS WAITING FOR AN APPOLOGY HE IS TRYING TO SHOW HİMSELF RIGHT

Bulustra Mayor Tsitiridis, who decided to build a sports facility and a park area in the old Turkish cemetery in the village of Petinos (Horozlu), continues to draw reactions with his statements.

Tsitiridis defended his actions, from which the Western Thrace Turkish Minority expected an apology.

Speaking to Embros, one of the local newspapers of Xanthi, Tsitiridis said that the 15-decare land in question has been registered as municipal land for 55 years.

Stating that the village plan was expanded in 1987 and the cemetery area was described as a "green area", Tsitiridis noted that in 2018, the municipality registered this land with the land registry as municipal property and no one objected to it.

Reminding that a board of trustees was formed in the village of Petinos (Horozlu) in 2019 and that this committee requested the municipality to clean this land, Tsitiridis said that the cleaning was done one and a half years ago under the supervision of the imam and deputy Hüseyin Zeybek.

Tsitiridis, who did not show the slightest sign of remorse for his actions, continued as follows: “We presented the projects we wanted to implement at the last municipal council meeting and wanted to include them in the municipal program.

Among them was a project that revealed multiculturalism at a location near the Recreation Park and cemetery.

We wanted to make this place visitable. On this occasion, members of the minority in the city council requested that this land be transferred to the board of trustees.

However, it is not possible for the municipality to transfer its own property or transfer it to another place. That would be infidelity.”

THE MORE HE SPEAKS THE MORE HE SİNKS

Regarding the works in the cemetery, Mayor Tsitiridis claimed that the cemetery was not damaged.

The claims of Tsitiridis are as follows: “There was absolutely no harm done. The cemetery has been abandoned for 100 years. I think some politicians smelled the election, and when it was okay, they took the opportunity to get votes from the minority by causing trouble.”

THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS REACTED

While Tsitiridis defended the destruction of the cemetery, which continues to attract criticism, Yorgos Kalancis, the General Secretary of Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education, also reacted to the initiative of the Avdira (Bulustra) Municipality.

"HE ACTED AS AN ORDINARY PROVOCATOR"

Another reaction to Tsitiridis came from SIRIZA. The Eastern Macedonia Thrace Region Human Rights Commission of the SIRIZA Party also condemned the destruction of the cemetery in its statement.

The statement said, “The destruction of the cemetery reminded us of the black pages of history we left in the past. Mr. Tsitiridis acted as an ordinary provocateur in the name of development in this incident.” it was said.

BOTH GUILTY AND STRONG

While reactions from all quarters continued about the cemetery scandal, Tsitiridis persistent defense of what he did caused the public to evaluate it as "Both guilty and powerful"

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