In images broadcast over the Internet site YouTube, Greek commandos are shown singing a march with lyrics that include lines such as "We will break off the Turks' heads and plant a cross in Hagia Sophia."
The images on YouTube were shot of a Greek commando unit doing a 50-kilometer march that takes place every six months. The Greek soldiers captured in these images are singing the inflammatory marches in unison, with one particularly noticeable lyric as follows: "There was a ship, a tank-carrying ship. It left from Volos to plant fear. It goes to the shores of Asia Minor(Turkey). To spread fire and ashes all over Turkey. It was full of sea marines. They blew the heads of any Turks they could find into the air. The heroes died opening the road to Hagia Sophia. I will march to Hagia Sophia, take off the Turkish caliphate sign and plant a cross there. Only then will God shed light on İstanbul and the Greek national march will ring from every corner."
The most recent images broadcast on YouTube led Athens to open an investigation. Commando Trainer Thanasis Bafos asserts, "There is no place for marches containing hatred and enmity in our military, " noting that the Greek military's General Staff had six years ago ordered all commanders who had their troops sing marches with racist lyrics to be separated from the military.
Brig. Gen. Nikos Toskas commented to the Greek newspaper Ta Nea about the racist Greek military marches, admitting that when stationed with his commando brigade near the Turkish border, in the Meric region, that his soldiers also sang marches whose lyrics included expressions of hatred for the Turks.
Meanwhile, Albanians have begun to respond rapidly to the news of the Greek commando marches that target Albanians. In the Albanian city of Fier, a protest that was started by just one person soon turned into a protest including thousands, with demonstrators ripping and burning a Greek flag in anger.