Greece: Erdogan gets hostile reception from Kurdish exiles

Kurdish inhabitants of Athens were in uproar about the official state visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Greece on Thursday. Members of the local Kurdish community gathered in Syntagma square, defying a government ban on protests near the Greek Parliament. Protesters burnt posters of Erdogan, some of which depicted the Turkish president as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. In a... Еще speech to the assembled crowd, Greek politician Panagiotis Lafazanis was highly critical of Turkey’s repression of Kurdish nationalism. He said «Erdogan is the great slaughterer of the Kurds. He is the terroriser of the Turkish people. He is the regime that has imposed terrorist persecutions onto the democrats and fighters of Turkey.» Kurds have long accused the Turkish state of denying their aspirations for an independent, or at least, autonomous Kurdistan. Tensions recently escalated when Ankara launched a crackdown on dissent after the failed coup against Erdogan in 2016.


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