SYRIZA and PASOK MPs strongly objected to a nationalistic chant by Greek navy seals (OYK) at the March 25 parade.
During the parade, the navy seals chanted several of their slogans, but one in particular angered a number of MPs.
“Our dream is to enter Constantinople, raise our flag and sing our national anthem,” are the words of the controversial chant that made several politicians object and ask that the army high command and the Defense Ministry to take disciplinary action.
SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis tweeted: “The nationalistic OYK chant at the parade is contrary to the country’s foreign policy. The government has the obligation to put a stop to that.”
SYRIZA MP Vasiliki Katrivanou wrote on her Facebook account: “The OYK slogans at the March 25 parade are a direct provocation against democracy… It is inconceivable that the act would remain unpunished… It is a reminder that the army should be cleansed of these fascist and extreme rightist cells that remain strong. They are nourished (once more) by impunity.”
PASOK accused Defense Minister Panos Kammenos of provocative statements on foreign policy.
“The OYK were chanting slogans that dispute existing national borders. But when the Defense Minister is so irresponsible, what can one expect? The ignorant Minister, and ANEL President, has threatened to release jihadists in Europe… SYRIZA follows blindly on the downslope.”
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