Turkey: Nationalists march in Izmir as tensions rise with Greece

Members of the far-right nationalist organisation the «Grey Wolves», affiliated with the Nationalist Movement Party, organised a «Decisive March for Independence» to defend what they claim to be Turkey's rights in the Aegean Sea in Izmir on Wednesday. The President of the Grey Wolves, Ahmet Yigit Yildirim, expressed in his speech that Greece has been violating international laws for a long time. ''The islands that had to be demilitarized according to the 1923 Lausanne and 1947 Paris Treaties were armed by Greece. The militarisation is a clear sign for violation of the rules. As a result of this, the legal status of twelve islands was left baseless and violated. The legitimacy of international treaties is violated and annihilated,'' he said. ''We are here together to show that Turkey has the right on twelve islands. We participated in marching with twelve different groups coming from other cities to defend our sovereignty on the islands as our leader (referring MHP Leader Devlet Bahceli) said before. We want to repeat that we are always ready to fight flesh and blood for this case,'' said Nazmi Akcay, leader of Grey Wolves Maisa Branch. Tensions have been rising in the East Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey, relating to disputes over the countries' exclusive economic zones.
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