Greek FM Condemns Torching of Turkish Diplomats’ Cars in Thessaloniki



Vehicles belonging to Turkish nationals after being set on fire in Thessaloniki. Photo from ANT1 TV

Two cars belonging to Turkish nationals, most likely diplomats, were set on fire in Thessaloniki, in Macedonia, Greece, in the early hours of Monday.

The first car was parked on Alexander the Great Avenue, near the famous sea promenade of the city.

The local fire department received a call at approximately 04:50 in the morning (02:50 GMT+1) and they rushed to the area to extinguish the fire, which had completely destroyed the car.

However, a second incident was reported just a few minutes later in a nearby neighborhood, at the junction of Kallidopoulou and Soulioti Streets in central Thessaloniki.

This second car, which was also believed to belong to the Turkish diplomatic delegation of the city, was burned completely, while two other cars which were parked next to it suffered  damage as well.

The authorities are now investigating the incidents, which are being treated as deliberate acts of arson.

Later on Monday, the Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement unequivocally condemning  the acts of destruction.

The Ministry declared ”such actions are irresponsible and unacceptable,” adding that ”they are against the principles of Greece’s political culture”.

The statement concluded by saying that the Greek authorities will take every step necessary to bring those responsible to justice.