Far-right­ists mar Mus­lim march in Ko­mo­tini

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A march in the north­east­ern city of Ko­mo­tini by roughly 1,000 mem­bers of Greece’s Mus­lim mi­nor­ity was marred when it came un­der at­tack by some 100 far-right pro­test­ers chant­ing anti-Turk­ish slo­gans.

Po­lice used tear­gas to dis­perse the trou­ble­mak­ers, who threw rocks and chairs, and chanted “Turks out of Greece.” One per­son was in­jured. The event was or­ga­nized by the small Friend­ship, Equal­ity and Peace Party to com­mem­o­rate the 21st an­niver­sary of the death of its founder, Ach­met Sadik. He was party’s first mem­ber, elected in Par­lia­ment in 1989.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal sources, or­ga­niz­ers were sur­prised by the rel­a­tively low turnout as they ex­pected 5,000-6,000 peo­ple.

Greece’s Mus­lim mi­nor­ity ex­ceeds 100,000 and most live in re­gion of Thrace.

Re­storer Maria Kon­takis places the Myce­naean-era Sil­ver Krater of the Bat­tle in a case at the Na­tional Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Mu­seum in Athens, yes­ter­day. This is the first time since its dis­cov­ery 140 years ago that the splen­did 12th cen­tury BC ar­ti­fact show­ing a bat­tle scene is put on pub­lic dis­play, along with one of the gold cups found in­side it. They will be on show un­til Septem­ber 25.

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