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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
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Greek far-right leader vows to ‘take back’ İstanbul, İzmir

NIKOS MIHALOLIAKOS (PHOTO: EPA)
15 June 2012, Friday /TODAY’S ZAMAN
The leader of the Greek far-right party Golden Dawn, Nikos Mihaloliakos, has taken a stand before his partisans during an election meeting in Thessaloniki, staking out a claim to Turkey’s internationally recognized territories.

“We will take İstanbul, İzmir as well as the Black Sea back,” said Mihaloliakos during his speech in an address to his electorate.

Mihaloliakos had recently said in an interview that “queen city” İstanbul will be “liberated” one day.

The largest city in Turkey, İstanbul was founded around 660 B.C. as Byzantium on the Sarayburnu promontory, and served as one of the most significant cities in history under the name of Constantinople. The city was conquered by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II in 1453. İstanbul forms Turkey’s economic, commercial, cultural and historical heart.

Commenting on criticism addressed to his party over its racist calls, Mihaloliakos said, “Yes, we are racist and nationalist and we are not hiding that.” He also harshly criticized Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, who wants to name one of the Greek streets after the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

 
 
COMMENTS
The guy's a delusional MORON.
Margo62145
With regard to Golden Dawn, they are of course not "nazists"/"racists"/"neo-nazists thatwantstokillsixmillionjews", both in the sense that their ideology is nothing like nazism and also in the sense that they actively rejected the label "nazi"/"fascist", altough by now, 2012 it is probably painfully...
Crysis
Greeks longing for istanbul is purely laughable. Thats not their indigenous land it firs belonged to the people of hattian which is the rood word for anatolia the land of hattian. The greeks conquered the land and so settled in the land as for claiming turkey to be weak its the fastest growing econo...
Reply to Aristocles
How can someone still be a proud open racist in 2012? That man and his party are dangerous
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This is a pipe dream. While getting back the city of Constantine The Great is a goal as laudable as the successful reconquest of Spain or Sicily from the Muslims, it is just not feasible at this time. Turkey is easily more powerful than Greece, most people in Istanbul are Turks, Greeks haven't had a...
Aristocles
Day dreaming at its ugliest.
Ahmed m Ibrahim
How about leaving this idiot alone, as nobody cares what he thinks or says and printing some real news, such as IHH's money transfers to Al-Qaeda under Mr. Erdogan's auspice. Regards
Thessalonian
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