Sep 21 2009
Would there be a minority issue in Thrace without the corrosive action of the Turkish Consulate in Komotini?
Everyone knows the real reason behind the numerous problems in the area, but nobody dares to name it explicitly. At the same time, nobody dares to highlight the security issue for the Greek state and the majority, the issue of the democratisation and integration of the minority, as well as the issue of rationalisation and normalisation of political and economic life in Thrace.
Who needs the Turkish Consulate in our city?
- Are there any Turkish nationals in Thrace?
- Are there really so many bureaucratic procedures in place – especially after the abolition of visas for Turkey – that would justify the presence of such a highly-staffed and costly service in Komotini?
- Are there minority rights issues within modern Greece, a member of the EU, which would require the presence of such a “guarantor”, e.g. those of the Turkish-occupied Kurdistan?
- Or does the Lausanne Treaty, which Turkey has turned into a piece of toilet paper from the day it was signed, require the presence of its own violator?
The answer is obviously negative to all these questions, as dictated by common sense.
Why is it then that the Turkish Consulate exists in Thrace?
- Is it to maintain a false flag diversion leading our fellow Muslim citizens to form a closed population that refuses to integrate?
- Is it to put in place or manipulate selected minority leaders in order to control the minority?
- Is it to contemplate how to ‘Turkify’ Pomaks and Roma and through this ‘ethnic cleansing’ to create a ‘Turkish minority’?
The local community is well aware of all these, but remains silent.
We all seem to accept the presence of the cat among the pigeons, some due to financial interests, others due to their political aspirations, and some others due to their complacency to the excuse of ‘a competent state’ that supposedly ‘knows what needs to be done’.
However, there is an urgent need for a public, democratic debate on the issue and the Thracian society should be able to express its will. We need a social movement, one that will highlight the real problems of the area that have reached such a fever point that their solution is a necessary condition for progression and survival. This is both on a collective and individual level.
The removal of the Turkish Consulate from Komotini is such a major issue that it should not be allowed to remain hidden under an everlasting silence. If we are a truly civil society, we have the right to freedom of speech and our voices should be heard!