Far-right Greek party stages anti-Turkey protest

December 10, 2012, Monday/ 16:06:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Members of the extreme rightist Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) party staged a protest targeting Turkey and the Turkish minority in Greece during the official opening of their party offices in the western Thracian province of Komotini (Gümülcine) on Sunday.

The opening of the party offices was attended by a group of approximately 200 people in Gümülcine on Sunday. The Greek party is known for its aggressive rhetoric against the immigrant population in Greece.

The party members walked with the Greek flags in their hands from their new offices to the Turkish Consulate in Gümülcine, shouting slogans against Turkish immigrants and Turkey. Greek police took tight security measures and did not allow the protesters to enter the avenue where the Turkish Consulate is located.

Meanwhile, tensions rose as the protesting group attempted to attack a group of university students staging another protest in the city against Golden Dawn. One university student was slightly injured during the row, which the police dispersed using a blast bomb.

The protests continued with the singing of the Greek national anthem in a street near the consulate. Later, the same group continued their protest in front of the Gümülcine Turkish Youth Union (GTGB) building, continuing to repeat their Greek nationalist and anti-Turkish slogans.

The group of protesters, most of whom came from other provinces, left Gümülcine on Sunday evening. Not much interest was shown by Gümülcine locals in the opening of the party's new offices.

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