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i am very very aware of this ferocious situation and you can see the full interview with the former tennessee and president you can watch it here on our special the arab spring 10 years on saturday at 430 g.m.t. . time for a quick check of the headlines here on al-jazeera more than 300 school boys the ducted by an armed group in nigeria last week have been released gunmen stormed the school in the northwestern city of town scene of last friday there's been increasing pressure on the government to improve security they have so far. given 340. schoolchildren later on we also and as young 4 have joined so we have to leave 344. children that are on their way to court and are now if they said they have surrendered or that is
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a bill seeking to raise billions of dollars for the super rich support families hate god by condemning counting the cost on al-jazeera. greece as 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 snot have it seems today we've been to investigate.
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western 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 coventry mouth ins 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. 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 as the. turkish president for egypt a time to run 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 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. a hysteric years ago i was going to follow local lot of the gaelic appeal of. them still like it is give it is like if you challenged while i was there there are many others who have a lot of. get it. in 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. should on the show you keep understand i'm not the little ark kinda top up there in the usa and. illegally it doesn't
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bother me as on the ball illegally. 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 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 as a kid was at the cinema get tickets now as a kid. i know but it's not 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 other want to kill don't really even know something of. discrimination starts early here. last year the creek education ministry shutdown
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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 says a reserve went to this turkish speaking school in the village of color 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. mayor. the addition of. our much. formal muster. was a pleasant day let. mrs burrage year i was in the church of lebanon candy who died in any chance and yet the millionaire and get all my. body there. are stimulate me. the government closed the turkish schools citing lack of
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demand but according to the community actually too many students for the number of places available. in fact the situation has become so acute in traces 2nd city zanti that's a policy of splitting up the school day into 2 shifts was introduced resulting in substantially fewer hours of schooling per day for ethnically turkish children. hundreds poured into the streets to protest the news. that is why the scene is 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. and
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that. 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 trade he wasn't welcomed and bought his entrance. so you can be you'll meet the right in. the eye and move to the other they must give it because the stadium is doing whatever you say any care is about that though most of them called it
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a joke sin and evidently the john of that is all of them gays are synonyms stehman and he did byzantine it. himself was elected mufti of come a teeny with the 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 a thing authority by taking part in friday prayers are to nearby village in 2016 or the. other. there should be that it. could be then that there are mood to mess and i know that it will he says 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 authorities sights for some time followed
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threatened and regularly taken in for questioning by the secret to this beating murder me on it well you get the bizarre take. all a lot of other state visit that i'm not i'm allowed to get me out of a routine be all you really 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 recognise the ethnicity of its turkish citizens. like some middle east to call it arc.
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diet they have it is because the 255 at the gate can see that somebody called the most other none of them and all of a cult. almost one has among other that she can be as an oracle. or look the. sort of the lady that. something like $60000.00 asked nick to a stripped of creaky citizenship. get economy you notice the number of possible that are conditional sold or which is a lot of the const who's not us not on that up and saw. the link she knows what a highly things on the door was on his speech looked a little. before 19 monkeys because don't get a driving license. so what we said just.
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actually. almost 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 permission. 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 embarked on a brutal policy of force assimilation including giving ethnic turks slavic names. this was the impetus for the because of the so good that it's because their names were changed who are christian mass which for a muslim to have a christian name is the inference. and. 99000 think way 350000 troops left for 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 at places like better than a an infamous to tension 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 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 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 a truck or you can maybe get out because it will solve the business in their truck 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 miller
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western 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. they are them down the visible east and off it the dancer. indeed it is very night in their own bush i hope is 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 as dumb but honestly 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 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 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 attract buyers and have supporters they use some center for me. towards us sometimes they say that if you don't like what it 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 certain 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 due to kim's them below sea level or on the bus i wish. sid can say she is frequently misquoted in for the fight on national t.v. and told it it by far right extremists reuters the moment of your month is that we are reminded of the democrats the reporters those who are not top of the take did talk all that he really follow i think mainly they think may make like to play all the following. and i would just say it's endo that's an island that the state would welcome to this house but. nevertheless in greece his most recent parliamentary election keefe came top in the province's of zante and trade dopey with a 3rd of the verdict it's prompted of racist backlash in the region's biggest city
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drop us where turkish cemeteries put desecrated tombstones smashed and thought with nationalist symbols game remains taunted. by spiteful of a google dot com is degrading the endorsed file it goes to those that don't tell us why i was wearing 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. a good experience here is much stronger than the traditional. political you know. billionaire double getting in the greeks here right consciously. to put it further away as possible from their every day political or would you say that it's 6 bones that this culture.
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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 were more than 3000. more new months of autumn one heritage here in greece but in recent years we just have 300 the greek poissy. and about the historical monuments of ottomans let them be demolished they don't want them here.
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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 the etc. yeah but the packing what a lot of upon 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. there fishel 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. so far you know i did not know who
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i was. 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. what a pleasure to cause unless it was among the you can understand the sentiment we build to love it cost us a common. minimum standard which was on effort that most. 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 . here 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. 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 to give you an astonished that it. doesn't. cut it in there as 1000000 a day i need you older than in there a little back i was alone and didn't want to die. for now that is just what creases ethnic turks hope for. common things association of turkish teachers is holding its weekly music night you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in down time in stumble. miss free is surprisingly up date. i believe it comes from a satirical. to call it a column is a political. 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 spokesperson alexandra c.
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and emeritus he said that the muslim minority in 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 helena parliament and that over 400 muslim councillors participate in local administration. on education he said that more than 120 minority schools cover the needs of my noti 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 lefties he insisted was in full compliance with centuries old islamic tradition
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