MEP François Alfonsi has reportedly submitted a written question to the EU Commission regarding hate speech and systemic discrimination targeting the West Thracian Turkish community in Greece.
François Alfonsi, Member of the European Parliament (EP) of the Greens/Free European Alliance (Verts/ALE), has submitted a written question to the Commission of the European Union (EU) regarding hate speech and systemic discrimination targeting the West Thracian Turkish community in Greece, it reported.
According to the statement issued by the European Western Thracian Turkish Confederation (ABTTF), it was stated that the Western Thracian Turkish community was subjected to hate speech in politics and media in Greece in the parliamentary question submitted by Alfonsi to the EU Commission, and Xanthi. Syriza’s deputy, Huseyin Zeybek, was on a local TV channel, where it was indicated that he had been accused of being a “Turkish spy” by a viewer connected to the live program by phone and threatening him with death.
Alfonsi asks the EU Commission what steps it intends to take to strengthen the rule of law against hate speech and hate-based attacks in Greece and to protect the fundamental rights of people of different origins. In addition, Alfonsi asks what steps the EU Commission will take to ensure that EU citizens belonging to the Turkish West Thracian community are protected from discrimination and hatred in their home country, Greece.” Data included.
ABTTF President Halit Habibioglu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they are in constant contact with parliamentarians who deal with minority rights and issues under the roof of the European Parliament, and that they express the current problems of western Turkish society in Thrace at every opportunity.
Noting that the Turkish Western Thracian community was targeted in politics and the media with a discourse based on the other, discrimination and hatred in his country, Habib Oglu said that despite the efforts of the Turkish Western Thracian community to solve its problems, the hostile attitude towards the minority also eliminated the possibility of establishing a dialogue with the authorities in Greece.
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