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–On the night between 28 and 29 October the feast day of the Republic founded by Kemal Ataturk, unknown assailants entered, in the cemetery of the island of Panagia Imvros (Goikocea in Turkish) and seriously vandalised 78 graves (see photo). A similar act had been committed in these parts 20 years ago.

The incident, it is rumoured on the island, indicates an attempt to create panic among about 350 Christians left on this island.

The island of Imvros, where the current ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew was born, along with the nearby island of Tenedos, were 99% inhabited by the Christian Orthodox population, but with the Treaty of Lausanne of 1923 granted them to Turkey under the condition that the Ankara government allow their full administrative autonomy.

But neither then nor in the years to follow did the Kemalist regime respect the agreements signed at Lausanne, suspending the autonomous regime provided for in this Treaty and with various methods of coercion such as the forced expropriation of property, school closures and suspension of teaching the Greek language, encouraged the shift of populations from Anatolia - which has altered the demographic structure of the island - and the creation of a prison for convicts with a license to commit acts of violence against the Christian population, this forced their final abandonment of their lands to seek refuge first in Istanbul and then across the five continents.

According to Nikos Maginas, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on hearing about the serious incident that occurred on his own native land, charged this act of vandalism to the "usual known-unknown suspects". Bartholomew himself in his sermon in the parish of St. Demetrius in Kurtulus Istanbul, referring to the incident said: "Ours is a continuous struggle for our survival and our ancient traditions in these lands. After much difficulty we started to see some glimmer of light, of hope for our long-standing problems. But again unpleasant facts emerge, such as those that occurred in the cemetery of the island of Imvros, where the usual known-unknown suspects were responsible for breaking the crosses on the graves of the cemetery. Our battle will never end .. But always with the grace of our Lord - concluded the Ecumenical Patriarch - with perseverance, with Turkey’s European perspective and the efforts of its leaders, we are confident that those long desired results will one day arrive".

The Interior Ministry condemned the episode and ordered the magistrate of Imvros to carry out prompt investigation for the arrest of those responsible.

Such acts demonstrate that there are still strong pockets of intolerance towards minority groups in Turkey there, which seek to undermine the openings of the government towards them. An executive which, in turn, despite having the wind in its favour, lacks the necessary political will to solve the problems of minorities, preferring to defer them indefinitely.

As noted in Istanbul, Turkey's European perspective should not only consist in claims for rights, but also the immediate application of the Union’s rules.


Added: Nov-4-2010 
By: Muhammad_ibn_Abdullah
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  • Muslims are so fucked up,.they even attack DEAD people,..LOL

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    • You guys are so fucked up that invading Muslim countries and killing in *MILIONS* somehow less important than few fanatics desecrating few hundred graves.Now with all that Sharia law came to Turkey, they become hypocrites, they even attack dead people etc,Turkey is run by Islamic killers...What is this? a Joke??? You guys are the masters of PROPAGANDA!

      IF YOU GUYS ARE JUDGING A FEW PEOPLE FOR THIS WHY NOT TALKING ABOUT MASS MURDERERS,HOME DEMOLITIONS, KILLING OF 400 KIDS IN GAZA??? OHHH, NO THE More..

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    • umm just to bring you up to date,..Muslims attacked us first REMEMBER???

      sorry we took the conflict to your soil,.but that is the way it is,.feel free to try to bring it over to our soil,.but remember,.you have a big pond to cross first,.but feel free non the less,..
      Muslims are known throughout the world to be the planets NUT BALLS,.all done on your own accord,.and that Nit Wit Muhammad pedo boys warlord handbook,.the Kookron,.

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  • Muslims acting like dirtbags towards other religions?

    Stop the presses.

    And CargeLock, nobody is defending or absolving any of the other dirtbags who's acted like asses in the past. But this story happens to be about a particular set of dirtbags. Someone condeming thier acts doesn't mean they support similar acts by others.

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  • Just more mooozphlem failure.

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  • loadsa crap,im from the island -eventho i live in UK i go back every summer for family-and never heard such a incident happening.we ve been living at the same street with our christian neighbours for past 45 years and never had any trouble ever!well once the big bell was stolen from aya marina church which been replaced
    if you are going to spread your bullshite do not use my hometown in your shite-spreading.all residents been helping to get all the churches/chapels at island restored and opened More..

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  • Turkey is run by Islamic killers.

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  • Ive been to turkey twice on holiday The first time i was a bit reluctant,but to be honest was pleasantly suprised.The people couldent have been nicer,and they seem to be fairly secular.Better than the Spanish who like your money,but treat you like shit.Sure there are some extremist,but security in tourist cities is very tight,due to the pkk threat.Dont let midnight express but you off lol.

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  • not muslims nationalists....

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  • SHARIA LAW IN THE WEST: NO.

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  • ISlamic extremism has taken a hold of Turkey.

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  • You people above sicken me at how quickly you jump on the proverbial bandwagon. I know you both have agenda's, as does the poster, but are you really seriously considering this as anything other than extreme right wing propaganda?

    Do you really need me to dig up the hundreds (yes hundreds) of times right wing fanatics have spray painted jewish, christian and muslim graves (particularly in germany and france)? Even the great war dead aren't saved from these right wing fags (like you are above). More..

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    • And we condemn those fanatics too. Your argument is no better than a 13 year old girl who won't listen.

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    • Lol, dude quit trying to be overtly objective. Muslims attack other religion's constantly and its because their doctrine is replete with excuses for it.

      Muslims do this the world over and it seems to be far more often than the right wing fanatics that you take issue with. This minor drop in the bucket is one among many.

      For every "right winger in the west spray paints a Nazi symbol" I can show you 100 instances of Muslims persecuting religious minorities from Bangladesh to Indonesia More..

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  • Respect to the graves in Turks is very big and goes way back to Hunnic Turks if someone interested can search the cause of war between China and Hunnic Turks Mete Han. Mete Han agreed to give his wife to China when they asked because he wanted peace but when Chinese raiders destructed some graves Mete Han declared war on Chinese so respecting graves and respecting to those who resting there is not realted with religion at all among Turks it comes from our ancestors long before Islam. Whoever did More..

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