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us live mixture of sadness and seek. with the election behind us will the republican party dump trucks the fuel weiqi take on us politics and society that's the bottom line. greece is a proud reputation as the birthplace of democracy of government by the people for the people but to the ethnic to fish minority of trace in the country's northeast who say they've suffered decades of discrimination from the state that snots 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 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 that their mama didn't. know me john not that. pipe to give 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. or the conviction to visit use 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 part of the local lot of the gaelic appeal of. them still like it is give it up mike if you're jealous but also there are many others who have a lot of. good as ignis you live 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. under your sharia. law if you do
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it because of the mirrors in the bowl in the you lou. those urns and the turkish union of xynthia was founded in 1927 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 its 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 b'tselem a good record now as a kid. i know but it's all about marking as a color you can stickers on them we're going to follow you on you can you give me a lot of that want to heal don't really even know something of. discrimination starts here. last year the creek education ministry shuts down
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5 turkish minority schools bringing the total number of schools closed to $65.00 in just 8 years. mayor his forties say as a reserve went to this turkish speaking school in the village of carlin mccaw struck as did his parents and their parents. its sudden closure has dealt a heavy blow to the community if i call them. mr moore. call them to. me as an. addition of. our much. formal muster where i was a little who are a good lunch was a pleasant day let. mrs burrage year i was in the church of lebanon candy who died in each s. and yet. 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 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. is widely seen as part of a broader policy to phase out the turkish language in the region. like it is going to talk. but. that is a man i believe in it. never. said it's in their.
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heads and. critics also accuse the creek state of attempting to impose religious status on the turkish minority. the region has traditionally elected its murthy's like abraham sarah he represents come a teeny the region's capital. and surprisingly the majority of turks refused 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 trade he wasn't welcomed and bought his entrance. so keeping you to meet you at the right in. the eye and then move to the other dumas give it be the stadium is doing good if you see any care because i'm out i do most of them call the reject sin and ever lick me john of that all of
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them are synonyms stehman and then he did byzantine it. himself was elected must've come a teeny with the resigning 90 percent of the fight he's less popular with the greek authorities he has just been sentenced to an 80 day prison term for use a thing authority by taking part in friday press attorney by village in 2016. or the. other. there should be that it. could be 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 old mufti knows he's been in the authority sites for some time followed
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threatened and regularly taken in for questioning by the secret to this been murder me on it well you get the bizarre take. all the other state visit they are not about out to get me out of routine be all the way you behave you have to be is get the. high out the yes sure that. 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 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 east to call it arc. diet they have it is because to feed the fire that they get
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casted as somebody called the most other none of them and all that a cult. almost one has among other chicken be an order cook. or look the. sort of the way that. something like $60000.00 asked nick to a strip of creek citizenship. get sick on monday you noticed the number of possible litigation also law which is a lot of the const who used the last law on that up and saw. the anxiousness what a highly things on the door was on his speech looked a little. before 19 monkeys because don't get driving license. so what we see is. actually. almost
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all turkish community talk to people here. had 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 or somebody who was from other parts of greece it was not possible for him to come in this area without any specific parish. why you how to how and a 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 debt. 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 box on a brutal policy of force assimilation including giving ethnic turks slavic names. this was the impetus for the because of the so did that it's because their names were changed through christian names which for a muslim to have a christian name is inference. and in the 1991 thing great 350000 troops left the u.k. . it's unsurprising that so many left people would be eaten and fined just for
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speaking turkish thousands were jailed across the country places like bear the name an infamous to attention center where $500.00 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 most 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 being held overnight have
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a lawyer secure whatever they. were they get hired your bunch of guys they teach in touch with. some of the still must look. this is pretty big. the correct me check out this is another. quote this if i don't put it. earlier amman is the editor of condemn a turkish language newspaper. when police intimidation fail to silence the paper was sued for 1000000 euros beating your you will get out of your your pond because they teach in. because it will solve the business in detroit. 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 other is a middle aged western traces other circus language newspaper whites prison for
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writing an article which criticized the notion of state appointed mufti. mockumentary visit. you know me i or you know me i hope said hope is that as i wondered all the. they are them down the visible east and off at the fence or as on. i indicated it very night in their own bush i hope it's just us not shocked at all the. chain gates sayes 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 fight is good little old woman surly emmy's. and being so not it was not a bit honest in the book. we wanted to ask the greek government about this and other issues covered in
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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 procket 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. greece
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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 ns of supporters they used some center for me. towards us sometimes they say that if you don't like what he is 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. see it came as a fertile is the leader of kafe the party of friends. peace under quality. all good to take saddam with the ability to crowd into a room united stand none that i told look at that these both started to plan and i
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did this brass 4 of them get me dick bring us a simple problems the reason you can use them below sea not on them is i wish. said game say she is frequently misquoted in for the fight on national t.v. and told that it by far right extremists reuters the form of the few months is that we are reminded of the democrats the reporters those who are not top of the take did all that he they follow they think mainly they think may make like to play all those taliban get an order just say send order just an island does this day to this house but. nevertheless in greece his most recent parliamentary election keefe came top in the provinces of zante and tried dopey with a 3rd of the verdict it's prompted a racist backlash in the region's biggest city drop of the us where turkish
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cemeteries desecrated tombstone smashed a dog with nationalist symbols game remains daunted. is the most part so that i can go back on me think reading the endorsed. it was that then tell us why was 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 but politically you know. big double getting in the greeks here right consciously. to put it as far away as possible from their every day pretty core which is say that it's a left it's 6 ball 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 radix 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 were 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 they don't want them here. the bay is
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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 kyle 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 up a new book. actually. we are suspicious about. 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 among the economist on a ceremony we rebuild the lower class crush a common. minimum standard which was on effort that notion. ozone is 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. really in some vision of we should know 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 the narrow they 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 good and. kind and it ended as 1000000 a day i mean it's all done in there and put a bike out along and do the want to die your money. for that is just what creases ethnic turks hope for. common chains association of turkish teachers is holding its weekly music night you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in down time in stumble. this fear is surprisingly big. and beauty comes from a city that could. to call it a column is a call it was a good. message. we were unable to get a response from the greek government during production to the issues raised in this film but after its 1st broadcast we heard from a spokes person alexandra steele and emeritus he said that the muslim minority in
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trace enjoys every freedom and right guaranteed to european citizens that minority he statement went on is made up of greek citizens of turkish comac and roma origin . and that it distorts reality to refer to them as asking turks about representation he said that there are 3 muslim members of the heavenly parliament and that's over 400 muslim councillors participate in the local administration. on education he said that more than 120 minority schools cover the needs of minority students and that the closure of some schools was a direct consequence of the decreased number of students he also said that in trace there are more than 300 mosques 270 of them properly functioning for religious services the state department of mufti's he insisted was in full compliance with centuries old islamic tradition i am
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