Greece’s neighbors in the East never run out of ideas when it comes to provoke their neighbors in the West, Athens thinks. But sometimes, the reason for some provokation is simply an inner Turkish wish to be …Greek. An event organized by main opposition party the Kemalists of republican CHP in Istanbul drew criticism in Turkey as young men and women wore blue t-shirts and white pants in Greece’s national colors and danced Sirtaki.
The event took place in Kadikoy, Istanbul, and was organized by a local CHP branch. The party included actually also dances from other countries. But it was apparently the Greek part that became target of criticism due to the increased tensions between the two neighboring countries.
Is it a provocation? Enough with provocations!
We all know that every Turkish citizen who respects himself wants to leave the country suffering under Erdogan’s oppressive regime and be a careless little Greek Zorba on the other side of the Aegean Sea.
Maybe this deep-rooted wish is also the reason the CHP accuses Erdogan for having handed 16-18 islands to Greece since he came into power and he urged him to take these islands back.
Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates
Sirtaki or syrtaki (Greek: συρτάκι) is a popular dance of Greek origin, choreographed by Giorgos Provias for the 1964 film Zorba the Greek to music by Mikis Theodorakis.
PS More than 1,000 Turkish citizens have fled to Greece and asked political asylum after the failed coup in summer 2016 and the massive purge that followed.