Members of the organization “United Macedonians” brought their barbecue in the central square of Diavata, Northern Greece, set the charcoal on fire and started to grill their pork souvlaki on Sunday morning. The action aims to provoke Muslims in the nearby refugee and migrants camp.
The smell of grilled pork filled the area and slowly started flocking to the “BBQ of Hate” some moved by ideological motivation others eager for the free meal and free alcohol.
Locals from Diavata but also residents from the broader area and Thessaloniki, like the former regional governor of Central Macedonia, arch-conservative Panagiotis Psomiadis.
Since its announcement last week, the event aiming to provoke Muslims refugees and migrants, triggered stormy reactions also on political level. However, as nobody thought to ban it on the ground of “inciting provocation, hate and racism” the so-called “United Macedonians” proceeded with their plans.
“We resist in every way the colonization of Greece and Europe by the directed Islamists who are in overwhelming majority illegal migrants,” the BBQ organizers said in a statement.
“To the transnational and Islamic segregation of our country and Europe, we respond with plenty of pork meat and plenty of alcohol, with plenty of trolling and fighting action,” the “United Macedonians” concluded.
Present at the event were also the president of the Association of Syrians in Greece. In statements to the press he said “Here isn’t the Caliphate of the ISIS, here everyone can drink his beer or eat pork.”
However, the “patriots’ resonance” was not as big as the organizers expecting. There is talk of 100 people, with the majority of them to have gone there just for the free souvlaki.
Who are the “United Macedonians”? According to daily ethnos, they starred in Macedonia rallies opposing the Prespes Agreement. “Their page on Facebook is full of intolerance and racist messages, full of poison against refugees. The Italian far-right politician Matteo Salvini is their hero and they call him ‘wide boy’. They love guns and play paintball in order to remain fir for fighting as they say.”
At the same time, members of the “Movement against Racism and Fascist Threat” (KEERFA) and leftist organizations gathered outside the former military camp “Anagnostopoulos” in solidarity with the refugees and migrants.
They described the BBQ as a “racist initiative by a minority of the local community” stressing that it was organized by “far-right organizations.”
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“The mobilization in Diavata is clearly racist in that it seeks to offend the religious sentiment of people fleeing war and poverty,” KEERFA said in a statement. It criticized ruling New Democracy as some members of the conservative party hinted that there was an attempt to forbid the consumption of pork meat in Greece.
“Soon enough, ND officials began stepping back when they realized that their racist campaign was turning boomerang despite the systematic hysteria by the mainstream media that has been pouring the racist poison of Islamophobia against the refugees claiming that they have covered thousands sof kilometers away form their countries in order to alternate our culture.”
PS Sadly, more and more Greeks fall into this daily propaganda by mainstream media, more and more people repeat the key words “invasion”, “Islamification of Greece” and wonder whether the refugees “could not be settled on uninhabited islands,” as the far-right Greek Solution proposed. These people are shocked when you tell them that once they receive asylum, they are free to live in the country. “Thousands have received asylum since 2015 and many live among us” I told a friend yesterday. “OH!” she said “I didn’t realize this! Never seen anyone around!”
This migration issue is a very complex one that the average Greek who gets selective information by mainstream media and TV cannot comprehend all the different facets of the problem.
The danger is in fact in that old proverb: he who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind.