"Western Thrace Turks will continue their struggle within the framework of the constitution and laws"

Western Thrace
Wed, 10 Jan 2024 7:32 GMT
Friendship Equality Peace (FEP) Party stated that they will always continue their struggle for rights within the framework of the constitution and laws.
"Western Thrace Turks will continue their struggle within the framework of the constitution and laws"

FEP Party reacted to the parliamentary question submitted by the far-right Spartan MP Petros Dimitriadis regarding the "Minorities and Human Rights in Greece" forum organised in Thessaloniki, Greece.

In the statement made by the FEP Party, "We would like to emphasise that this event organised in the context of minority and human rights is neither anti-Hellenic nor in the name of destabilising the country. Today, as it was yesterday, our struggle for our rights within the framework of the constitution and laws will always continue."

In the statement, it was emphasised that Western Thrace Turks have never considered themselves above the law and that they have stood and will continue to stand against the taking away of their rights.

In the statement, it was reminded that Western Thrace Turks took part in the ranks of Greece in the Second World War and it was noted that they have been loyal citizens for more than a century and have never been involved in any action against the country.

The following statements were used in the statement:

"Our identity, which was recognised until 1983, was denied. Our associations were closed. Our schools were closed. Our freedom of belief was not respected. We were not allowed to elect our Muftis. We have been removed from the administration of our foundations. We cannot rule over our heirloom relics."

It was stated in the statement that Greece still does not implement the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in favour of Western Thrace Turks and it was emphasised that the minority is a different colour that enriches the Hellenic culture.

In the statement, it was stated that the struggle for the recognition of Turkish identities will continue and that the cooperation with the Macedonian minority as well as other minorities in Greece who are subjected to discrimination and denial will continue.

Dimitriadis asked the Greek Minister of Citizen Protection Yannis Ikonomou about the forum, which he described as an anti-Hellenic action, whether Greek intelligence and police were aware of this forum and whether there were foreign intelligence behind the organisation of this forum.

Dimitriadis claimed that such events serve states such as North Macedonia and Türkiye.

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