Greece: Nationalist MEP Lagos leads protest against Hagia Sophia mosque conversion

A group of Greek nationalist protesters, led by Member of the European Parliament Ioannis Lagos, rallied in Athens on Sunday to denounce the Turkey's decision to convert the historical Hagia Sophia museum back into a mosque. «We will resist! Killer Erdogan and Turkey must be held accountable. Our Holy Hagia Sophia cannot be conversed by Erdogan. It is God's will Hagia Sophia to remain Christian and the Turks will face the punishment,» said Lagos outside Athens cathedral where a few supporters were seen chanting anti-Turkish slogans and waving Greek orthodox church flags. Protesters then marched through central Athens, stopping at the Archdiocese of Athens where Lagos handed a written protest to the church security personnel. Demonstrators made their way to the Turkish embassy where they were met by a small group of police officers. «As you can see the Turkish officials are hiding, they are not going out. We will continue to fight in both Greece and in the European Parliament and we will make it clear everywhere that what the Turks did is inadmissible,» said Lagos. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum will be re-opened as a mosque on July 24, speaking at a press conference in on Friday.

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