Turkey, Turkish-Cypriots Angry Over Flag Burning On Cyprus

FILE - Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

NICOSIA- The burning of a Turkish flag by Cypriot students upset over the 45-year-long occupation of the northern third of the island has drawn outrage from Turkey and Turkish-Cypriots about a demonstration in which the protesters reportedly chanted: “Greek blood flowing in Cyprus, we will not give the Turks a centimeter.”

Turkish-Cypriot leader condemned the burning of the Turkish-Cypriot flag on Nov. 16, saying that, “Another mistake has been added to the often-repeated mistakes of this organization, which does not tolerate and respect Cyprus’ equal partner Turkish Cypriots and their symbols,” the Turkish newspaper The Hurriyet Daily News reported.
The protest was carried out by students tied to ELAM, an extreme-right nationalist offshoot of Greece’s fading neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party that was voted out of power in July 7 snap elections, with its hierarchy and dozens of members on charges of running a criminal gang and one charged with the murder of anti-Fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas in 2013.

Noting the group’s background, Akinci said that, “It is clear that ELAM, which transcends hate speech and acts as an act of hate, serves the hostility that it feeds politically. It is worrying that there have still been no lessons learned from such hate and violent actions that have filled Cyprus’ past with pain,” he noted.
“Our island does not need to fill the minds of young people with hate. Hate is a heavy burden for both Cyprus and humanity,” he added.

The self-declared deputy prime minister of the occupied territory, Kudret Özersay, said he had met with the Turkish Cypriot law enforcement and judicial authorities about the flag-burning incident.
“Those who do not respect the flag and similar symbols and values of those who are different from them are those who have not received their share of civilization,” Özersay said, as Turkey’s Foreign Ministry also denounced the act.

“The fact that the Greek Cypriots have neither made any statement condemning this act of hatred nor have investigated the perpetrators, demonstrates that this act has official support behind,” said the ministry in a statement.

“We believe that the Greek Cypriot Administration, as well as the Greek authorities, with their statements provoking hatred towards the Turkish Cypriots, have a responsibility in this incident,” said the ministry in a statement,” it added.

In a written statement, ELAM said that it was “once again in the crosshairs of the occupying authorities, proving for the umpteenth time, beyond doubt, that on this island the only problem is Turkey,” the party said, the paper reported.

5 Comments

  1. The turks have no say in Cyprus. They are illegal as much is their flag. There is no turkish cypriot state as an entity. Their flag is irrelevant. No turk can teach anybody about civilization. Their history is connected to the slaughtering of other nations. The red of the turkish flag depicts the shed blood of their victims. Their history countdown clock is ticking.

  2. The Turkish Cypriot flag being burnt was made by Greek Cypriots. The radical group shows no respect for Greek made products. Let me see who is upset now.

    1. Go away turk. You want to invade the comments section of a Greek website too?

      That BS fake ‘flag’ is a symbol of INVASION, OCCUPATION, THEFT, ETHNIC CLEANSING, REPLACEMENT MIGRATION and simple EVIL. It should be burnt everyday. It is vile.

      You are NOT, have never been and never will be Cypriot. Ever. You are hated and despised for a reason. All you have ever done is violate Greek people for centuries.

      You were removed from other Greek islands you stole. You will be removed from the Greek island of Cyprus too.

      🇬🇷REAL Cypriots have TEN THOUSAND YEARS of history, THREE THOUSAND of those years Cyprus has been GREEK. Even the name Cyprus is Greek. 🇬🇷

      You cannot fight. You are weaklings who only attack those you outnumber.

      Cowards. Weaklings. NATO’s puppet.

      🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷Cyprus is GREEK. 🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷

    2. “Radical group!?”

      You must think Armenians who hate you are radical too. Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds and others hate you for good reason.

      Native Greeks of the Greek island of Cyprus wanting freedom from British colonialism and ottoman oppression and you hate them for it. You should be disgusted and ashamed of yourself. Greeks will never see turkish oppressors as their countrymen. You are a foreign invasive species.

      Greeks have every right in the world to have full freedom and sovereignty in their own lands from evil turks. Every square inch of the Greek Hellenic island of Cyprus belongs to the Greek people.

      Cyprus is one of many Greek islands you stole. None of them belong to you. You are not Rhodian, Koan, Cypriot, Cretan, Corfiot, Santorini islander or any other a Greek islander.

      You are Mongolian invaders with a vice for the rectums of farm animals. Who did you rape first, Greek girls, Greek women, donkeys or mouflon?

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