Leftist and anti-establishment groups, and political committees of Kurds and Turks held a protest march in central Athens against the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Thursday.
The protesters shouted slogans such as, “The people do not need protectors” and called for the release of nine Kurds and Turks arrested recently by Greek police in Athens on terrorism charges.
“We call on the people of Greece to defend the fighters from Turkey and express its international solidarity against the persecution of the imperialists and their associates, because the struggle of oppressed peoples is common,” a joint press release by the groups said.
It follows an earlier march by members of the Kurdistan Cultural Center. Carrying banners with “Freedom to Ocalan” (referring to the jailed Kurdish leader) and “Erdogan, dictator”, they protested Erdogan’s violence against the Kurdish people.
Initially the protesters rallied at Omonoia Square, then marched on Stadiou Street to Propylea on Panepistimiou, where they burned a poster with Erdogan’s image.
“He is the person who has carried out slaughters in Kurdistan for years, and his visit to Greece; the birthplace of democracy, is unacceptable,” the Cultural Center said in a statement.