Greece Nationalists Clash with Police During Greek Muslims Party March

Nationalists Clash with Police During Greek Muslims Party March

467About 200 nationalist militants clashed with police on Sunday in the northeastern city of Komotini when they tried to break a demonstration of Greek Muslims.

Greece’s Muslim minority party Friendship, Equality and Peace (FEP) held a rally in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the death of its founder, Achmet Sadik. A Komotini native, Sadik was the first Muslim elected in Greek parliament in 1989.

The nationalists attempted to attack the assembled Muslims but riot police intervened. The counter-demonstrators threw rocks and chairs at police, who resorted to the use of tear gas and stun grenades. No arrests or injuries were reported.

The FEP march was organized about a month ago and it coincided with the 42nd anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece after a seven-year military dictatorship. It was held in Komotini, a city with a heavy Muslim population.

About 100,000 multi-ethnic Muslims are concentrated in the northeastern region of Thrace. The Western Thrace Muslims are Greek citizens and they are located there since the Greece-Turkey population exchange in 1923.

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