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to claim $118.00 a month. prison is a writer to jail in southern believe inmates say the conditions inside are right for the spread of coronavirus prisoners gathered on the roof calling for face masks and proper health care riot police then use tear gas to try to stop the protest many believe in prisons are overcrowded and so the government's announced some people on lower level charges will be released to reduce the risk of an outbreak and pacific island nations have been struggling to prepare for more coronavirus cases while dealing with the effects of a powerful storm cycle and how old tore through a number of islands destroying homes and leaving tens of thousands of people without power were forced into evacuation centers as well at a time when governments are of course trying to keep people apart and you're up to date with the headlines this hour on al-jazeera people in power is next. talked to al jazeera we asked what will force work when you saw that document for the 1st
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story we listen to after the war saying you'll hear peons go build united states of you but we will not be with you we meet with global news makers and talk about the stories that matter on al-jazeera. greece is a proud reputation as the birthplace of democracy of government by the people for the people but the ethnic turkish minority of trace in the country's northeast who say they've suffered decades of discrimination from the state that's not have it seen today we've been to investigate.
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the big. west and thrice. the northeastern corner of grace bordering both kerry and turkey is wild and remote. 3rd day payment in secret struggle these 3 countries form a spectacular natural frontex. the history of this region is no less dramatic. it has changed hands can't list times over the centuries finally coming and also man rule in the 1300s which lasted until about a 100 years ago. but even today the mountainous province of western thrice which is now given from athens continues to simmer with ethnic tensions 850000 ethnic turks live here and they're getting angry. the greek state wants to
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control. minority here in all the fields wants to control our religion our believe. people here say that decades of discrimination pushed the region to boiling point. i'm thinking they're on it in the bus. on the john at another. pipe to get just as. turkish president. divine is viewed as a hero here. he's condemned athens over the mistreatment of ethnic turks in a region where religious leaders have been jailed journalists silenced and land seized by the state. so the conviction the visit gives them a supplement you know the one that was bullshit if i did it then i'm a blue look of innocence.
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within the safe confines of the many cultural associations across thrice turkish traditions are celebrated and passed on to youngsters. hysteric years ago i was going to follow local lot of gaelic up you'll love. them so you are like is give it up like it's you challenged but also there are many others who have a lot of. good as ignis you let it make it your. traditions are strong. especially in the villages where many ancient practices continue to thrive. however community leaders say that their distinctive ethnicity is under siege from the state. show on the show here q just on i'm not very little of work can you talk to your sharia. law if you do
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it because of the mirrors in the poll in the you lou. those urns and the turkish union of xynthia was founded in 1027 in order to preserve turkish culture. but when a court ruling forbidding any n.g.'s from having the words turkish in its title came into effect. it's signs along with those of other n.g.o.s who were seized by the police a move those unsuccessfully challenged in europe. now is a key it was a betrayal of a good because now is a key. part of marking as a color you can stickers of them the movement of the young you can give me a lot of that want to hear don't really know something of. discrimination starts early here. last year the creek education ministry should die
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in 5 turkish minority schools bringing the total number of schools closed to $65.00 in just 8 years. now his forties say as a reserve went to this turkish speaking school in the village of qana macaw struck his parents and their parents. it's sudden closure has dealt a heavy blow to the community if i call them. mr moore. call them to. me as an. admission of. where they are much as a little known formal muster where i was a little who are good and it was a pleasant day let alone a kind of is it in mrs burrage year i was in the church of lebanon candy who died in each s. and yet ishmael net and get all my. body there. are stimulate me.
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the government closed the turkish schools citing lack of demand but according to the community there are actually too many students for the number of places available. in fact the situation has become so acute in trace's 2nd city zanti that's a policy of splitting up the school day into 2 shifts was interesting. resulting in substantially fewer as of schooling per day for ethnically turkish children. hundreds poured into the streets to protest the news. just widely seen as part of a broader policy to phase out the turkish language in the region. and trigger a similar sun and take a rest on us and like it is going to talk in jet. crashed adventures but an ear and a medic that is
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a man and i believe in it. there never. wanted terrorists and they got on top of them said it's in their book. richardson the. critics also accuse the creek state of attempting to impose religious status on the turkish minority. the region has traditionally elected its mathieson like abraham sarah he represents come a teeny the region's capital and surprisingly the majority of turks refuse to recognize those directly appointed by the government. when come a teen he's appointed mufti was invited to speak as a minority school the students made it very clear he wasn't welcome and bought his entrance. to me you'll meet the right in. the eye and move to your other they must give it because the stadium is doing good if you see any.
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reason other than most of them called it a joke send in early new jonna that is all of them are synonyms stamina needed byzantine it. himself was elected mufti of comma teenie with a resigning 90 percent of the vote he's less popular with the greek authorities. he has just been sentenced to an 80 day prison term for use of thing authority by taking part in friday prayers by village in 2016 or the woman the this over the. there should be that it. looked like a bit then that there are mood message there that will. he say he had never explanation as to why the state waited 4 years to put him on trial but the 69 year
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old mufti knows he's been in the authority sites for some time followed threatened and regularly taken in for questioning by the secret to this beating murder me on it but to get the bizarre take. all they let out of the state is that they put on not a man out to get me out of routine be although you begin to doubt the b.s. and get the. high out the yes your book. many trace increases attitudes to his ethnic back to the cyprus conflict of 974. when due to increasing ethnic tensions between the island's greek and turkish communities to turkey launched and of beijing. more than $500.00 people died in the fighting which resulted in the partition of cyprus. from this point on the greek state refused to recognise the ethnicity of its turkish citizens. like some middle
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east to call it arc. diet they have it is because like a 255 that the gay can say that somebody called them was the other nun from when all that a cult. almost woman has among other she can be. or look the. sort only that. something like $60000.00 asked nick to a strip of creek citizenship. get economy you noticed the number of possible looking for months old or which is followed up or const who is not asked and not on let up in soft money low quality link she knows what a highly things on the door was along his speech how cool it looked a little. before 9000 monkeys because don't get a driving license. so what we see is. actually.
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almost all turkish community talk just people here. head horses. in fact many turkish villages were sealed off by military checkpoints well into the 1990 s. . places like the village of at you know us. ox a haka was a boy at the time but remembers it while. this and in the mid ninety's until van or somebody who was from other parts of greece it was not possible for him to come in this area without any specific parish or. why your how to how. special identity in order to come to your area because it was minority because it is a minority and. it was
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a policy. minorities to become isolated in the villages isolated in get. at the time as dick turks went just having a difficult time in greece. in neighboring bulgaria joining the 1980 s. the communist authorities and balts on a brutal policy of force assimilation including giving ethnic turks slavic names. to sort of the impetus for the because of the so did it because their names were changed through christian names which for a muslim to have a christian name is in france. and in the 1991 thing great 350000 troops left for the u.k. . it's unsurprising that so many left people with beaten and find just for
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speaking turkish thousands were jailed across the country at places like better than a an infamous to tension center where 500 turks were. imprisoned without trial for resisting the forcible changing of the names. but that was bulgaria a communist dictatorship in greece the birthplace of democracy in the heart of the e.u. things were supposed to be different but athens has always been a world away from west and thrice and not just geographically as we soon find for ourselves from the moment we arrived in the region to make this film we were followed by unmarked police cars stopped and interrogated about our movements on one occasion although it was always all of us we were journalists we were even briefly arrested on suspicion of espionage and threatened with years in jail after
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being held overnight i have a lawyer secure whatever they. were they get hired your bunch of guys they teach in touch with. some other still must look. this is pretty big you can like yucatan the correct me check out this is another. quote this if i don't put it. earlier amman is the editor of gundam a turkish language newspaper. when police intimidation failed to silence the paper was sued for 1000000 euros. beating your you will get out of your pond because they teach in. because it will solve the business in detroit be. we encountered several people who were too afraid to speak on camera. there is no question that many feel the pressure of the state. the editor western
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3 says other circus language newspaper whites prison for writing an article which criticized the notion of state appointed mufti. mockumentary visit. you know me i or you know me i hope so. obvious that as along that all the. there are the under visible east and off at the. sun all bush indicated where you know it and all mesh i hope is just a notch up the. chain gates says he has been threatened and physically attacked by the police on several occasions for refusing to stop reporting on the plight of the turkish minority. but other but at ikea they find there's your live all don't answer laramie's. and be a sort of not a muslim get honest in the book. we wanted to ask the greek government about this
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and other issues covered in a film to get an official response to the many other gay sions of discrimination we've heard that we wanted to give the authorities in athens an opportunity to explain to put their side of the story but despite repeated requests to various ministries no one was available for interview. nonetheless successive creek governments have challenged accusations of human rights violations in 3 days insisting that there is not a turkish minority. as recently as february 2020 outgoing president proc aplace pub local us made this comment. whatever is said the truth in international law cannot be ever written in any way the muslim minority who lives in thrice is a religious minority and lost an ethnic war. greece
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like many countries in europe has seen massive support for the far right in recent years rather easy of golden door greece's anti islam party attracted i was ins of supporters they used some center for me. towards us sometimes they. say that if you don't like you can go turkey why. i'm a greek citizen. i'm turkish it's not my fault it's my genes. i'm turkish but i'm also greek. against this backdrop it takes some courage to politically represent greece's ethnic turks. seed game as a fertile is the leader of case the party of friendship peace under quality. all going to take so long with their lives hating crowd in the arm you know i'm
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stunned that i told talk about this but i get to plan and i this is brass or i'm gonna take brazil example prowls the reason you can is this blows the law on the guy this. said game say she is frequently misquoted and for the fight on national t.v. and told it it by far right extremists reuters the fall montefiore month is that we are we might not be democrats the reporters those who are not top of the take did the very top fall that if they follow they think mainly they think may make make the plan all the salad and get a standing order just say send order just an island only does the state $21.00 countries has to toss it out. nevertheless in greece's most recent parliamentary election keefe came top in the provinces of zante and to do with a 3rd of the vote it's prompted a racist backlash in the region's biggest city drop of us where turkish cemeteries
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with desecrated tombstones smashed daubed with nationalist symbols game remains taunted. is the most part so let it be google dot com is degrading the endorsed file get posted was that my arms were on that. last may not happen soon a national election threshold of 3 percent effectively prevents any politician representing the turkish minority from entering poem and as it accounts for only 2 percent of the population. a good experience here is much stronger than the traditional. political you know. big double getting in the greeks here right consciously to to put it further away as possible from their every day political life which is say that it's a left it's war that's 6 bones so it's culture. political culture
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yes. but critics say that all aspects of turkish culture are under attack. all kateri traill ruddock's from greece is also meant past all disappearing fast practically no state money is allocated for the upkeep of ancient autumn and monuments which are allowed to fall into disrepair and money for the upkeep from turkish cultural foundations is prohibited. there worth more than 3000. more new months of autumn one heritage here in greece but in recent years we just have 300 the greek police see. about the historical monuments of ottomans let them be demolished
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they don't want them here. the bay is a mosque indeed imitation is a masterpiece of autumn in architecture it is the oldest mosque in europe built in the 1400s. suman speaks for the ethnic turks of did imitate chair. it isn't mr $110.00. b. or spawn a study. by the packing. of upon and kyle brought out the of the of this is that it's intricate i mean. but disaster struck in 2017 when inexplicably the mosque caught fire. the official version is that sports from welding equipment left in the building some high reach the wooden roof which thing caught fire. but few vocals believe the story.
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did for you know i did open a book. actually. they are suspicious about flying. the turkish people mostly believe that it's. not accidents. against this backdrop it's ironic that there's no shortage of ethnic turks prepared to speak up for greece. what a pleasure to cause and most which was i want do you can understand that so many we rebuild look low cost us a common. minimum standard which was on effort that moved. ozone as grandparents like many ethnic turks died defending increased during the 2nd world war and its aftermath. wasn't sure what was in there that it was that the little miss bush was in on the. theory and some vision of mission of that in general.
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it might seem hard to believe that cracker turkish relations could get any worse but then they did. the unable to cope with the growing number of refugees arriving from syria on the 29th of april 2020 turkey opened its land border with greece for those wanting to enter the room as thousands headed west the greek economy was deployed. hostility between the 2 countries was the worst it had been since the turkish invasion of cyprus. when creek soldiers started firing tear gas and smoke grenades over the border turkish troops returned fire a very real conflict was and they narrowly avoided. none of which bodes well for the ethnic turks of western thrice. here's
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a clue. and took it in an astonished at it and one of a. kind in that and it has made in it keanu in history as you alluded in day a bit of a cow's a learned and to the one that the high you all month. for 9 have that is just what creases ethnic turks hopeful. come a change to say see a shred of turkish teaches is holding its weekly music night he'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in down time a stumble they had mis for you is surprisingly up to date. i believe it comes down to mostly occurred. to call the columns a call it was a good vision as each.
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