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after people in power stay with us. if you want to help save the world. sneeze into your own. greece has a proud reputation as the birthplace of democracy of government by the people for the people but the ethnic to fish minority of ptrace in the country's northeast who say they've suffered decades of discrimination from the state that's not have it seems today we've been to investigate.
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the. 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 countless times over the centuries finally coming and also men 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 traumatic ins continues to simmer with ethnic tensions 850000
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ethnic turks live here and they're getting angry. the greek state wants to control. the minority here in all the fields wants to control our religion our believe. people here say that decades of discrimination a push the region to boiling point. i'm thinking that the moment the bus. normally john in atlanta to the island park to get just a guest. turkish president. to one 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 to visit gives them a supplement you know the one that was bullshit if i did it then i'm a blue look obviously.
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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 a lot of thought of local lot of gaelic up you'll love. them so you'll like it is give it up like it's you jealous but also there are videos of a lot of. get it mr leavitt let me get your. traditions a strong. especially in the villages where many ancient practices continue to thrive. how. community leaders say that their distinctive ethnicity is under siege from the state. show on the show you keep understand on their
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little ark can you talk about dell and the usa and. illegally it doesn't bother me as on the ball illegal it. was one of. those and then the turkish union of xynthia was founded in 1987 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 were seized by the police a move those unsuccessfully challenged in europe. now as a kid was a sort of a good because now it's like. i don't know but it's all about marking as a color are you convinced because of them the movement of the young you can give me a lot of that want to feel don't believe in i'm something of.
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discrimination starts here. last year the creek education ministry short time 5 turkish minority schools bringing the total number of schools closed to $65.00 in just 80 yes. ma'am 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 as delta heavy blow to the community if i call them. the i am you call them give. me as a. couple. the addition of. our much. little formal muster. were a good lunch was a pleasant day let alone a kind of messy bird a.j. i wasn't a clever man candy died in any chance and yet to get all my. body
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there. are stimulate me. 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 a policy of splitting up the school day into 2 shifts was introduced resulting in substantially fewer as of schooling per day for ethnically turkish children. hundreds poured on to the streets to protest the news. that is why this scene is part of a broader policy to phase out the turkish language in the region. and there are similar son and they gave us a lot of them like it is going to talk. their branches but an ear and i think that
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as a man and i believe in it. they never. want to hear this and they are going on problem said it's in their. heads and. 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 refused to recognise those directly appointed by the government. when come a team 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 be your mate you. are in and moved to your other they must give it because the stadium is doing whatever you silly.
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call the joke sim in early in the john or that all of them are synonyms thurman and then byzantine it. himself was elected mufti of comma teenie with a resoundingly 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 press attorney by village in 2016 or the woman the this over the. there should be that if. i looked like a bit then that there are mood to mess that i know the rule. he say's 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 better get that bizarre take. all i let out of the state visit on the remote out to get me out of routine b. although you begin to doubt the b.s. and get the. high out the yes sure that. many trace increases attitudes to his ethnic back to the cyprus conflict of 1974. 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 recognize the ethnicity of its turkish citizens. like some middle
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east to call it ark. diet they have it is because to fish for that they get considered as somebody called them as the other nuns doing all that a cult. almost rumor has among the other that she can be an oracle. or look the. sort of the lady that. something like $60000.00 asked nick to a strip of creek citizenship. get economy you notice the number of possible the commission also know which is a lot of the const who's not us not on that up and saw. the anxious for the highly things on my door when someone hits me how cool it looked a little. before 19 monkeys because don't get driving license.
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so what we see is. actually. 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 than for somebody who was from other parts of greece it was not possible for him to come in this area without any specific permission. why you how to how. special identity in order to come to your area
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because it was minority because it is a minority and. it was 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 mass which for a muslim to have a christian name is in france. and in the 1991 think way 350000 troops left for the u.k.
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. it's unsurprising that so many left people with beaten and find just for speaking turkish thousands were jailed across the country at places like better than 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 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 gunned a turkish language newspaper. when police intimidation failed to silence the paper was sued for 1000000 euros. beating your you will get our your pound because they teach in. because it will solve the business in the truck. we encountered several people who are too afraid to speak on camera. there is no
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question that many feel the pressure of the state. the editor western 3 says other circuits language newspaper whites prison for writing an article which criticized the notion of state appointed mufti. mockumentary visit. to 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 invaded it very night and all bush i hope is just as not shocked at all the. changes he say's 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 that i care they fathers your lives all don't necessarily amaze. and be excited that it was done but honestly the book. we wanted to ask the greek government about
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this 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 thrice insisting that there is not a turkish minority. as recently as february 2020 outgoing president proc a place 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.
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greece like many countries in europe has seen massive support for the far right in recent years brothers have 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 this 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. seedtime us are fertile is the leader of case the party of friendship peace under quality. all going to
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take so long with their lives it's a crowded room you know i'm stunned that i told talk about this but i get to plan and i did this dress or i'm gonna take 'd brazil example prowls the reason you can is this belies the law on the this. said game safe 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 they are slim i'm not democrat the reporters those who are not top of the take did the very top of that 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 does the state 21 countries has to toss it out. never the less in greece's most recent parliamentary election keefe came top in the provinces of zante and trade dopey with a 3rd of the vote it's prompted
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a racist backlash in the region's biggest city drop us where turkish cemeteries with desecrated tombstones smashed a board with nationalist symbols game remains taunted. spitefull that google dot com is the grading the endorsed boards and if i get customers that don't tell us why i was with them. 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. you could really see is much stronger than the traditional. political you know. big double getting in the greeks here right consciously to to put it as far away as possible from their every day
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political life which is a. 6 ball the culture. the kurdish political culture yes but critics say that all aspects of turkish culture are under attack. architectural 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. suliman speaks for the ethnic turks of did imitate chair. it isn't mr $110.00. b. or spawn. yet it but the packing. of upon colville brought out the ovules 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 fly in and i did not know who i was. actually. we 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. but to take it to cause almost it was a month do you know he's done it so many rebuild look low cost plus your 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.
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theory in some vision of them or. 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 you or as thousands headed west the greek only 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
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which bodes well for the ethnic turks of western thrice. here's a clue. and took it in and signage did it. kind in day and it has made in italian history as you allude and a bit of a cow's a learned and to the one on the high you all marked. for 9 have that is just what creases ethnic turks hateful. comments a nice to say of turkish teachers is holding its weekly music night you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in down time istanbul they had this for you is surprisingly up to date. i believe comes from a mostly occurred to call the columns a call it was a good. vision as each. plane
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