We have filed a criminal complaint says Turkish minority mp
Regarding the destruction of the Turkish cemetery, Deputy Burhan Baran said, "We called Athens. We informed the ministries. We went to the prosecutor's office and filed a criminal complaint."
Xanthi KINAL Party Turkish Minority Deputy Burhan Baran emphasized that the destruction of the Ottoman Muslim Turkish cemetery by the Avdira (Bulustra) Municipality was unacceptable. “We called Athens. We have informed the ministries. We went to the prosecutor's office and filed a criminal complaint." he said.
Turkish Minority Member of the Greek Parliament Burhan Baran spoke to MİLLET newspaper:
“We are in the village of Horozlu, Petinos in Greek. Unfortunately, a historic massacre took place here today.
In a village that belonged to the Ottoman Empire, which consisted entirely of Muslims until 1930-1940, the cemetery belonging to the village was razed to the ground.
The mayor of the district destroyed the cemetery here without any legal right without anyone's approval to make it a green park.
Of course, we don't have any Muslim compatriots living in this village now. According to the latest data in 1934, 60 households lived in the village.
Immigrants came later. By confiscating 400 acres of the village's total 1200 acres of land, Christians gained a majority here over time.
Muslims do not live in this village. However, this is a historical site, and the plunder and destruction of this place is, of course, a sad event.
Now, with the approval of the municipality we have attempted to have this cemetery cleaned before.
However, we had to abandon this work because the tombs are very old. It had completely turned into a forest land.
However, to years later the mayor brought the issue to the city council last night in order to make a decision to turn it into a green area. Of course there was no approval by the council. But this morning we heard that he brought the graders, brought the dozers, and destroyed the cemetery.
After we got the news of this. We went to the prosecutor's office and filed a criminal complaint. We called Athens. We called the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs and informed them. We are now waiting for the developments.”