Political debate over pork-and-booze fest plan near Greece refugee camp

Α Decrease font Enlarge font
Political debate over pork-and-booze fest plan near Greece refugee campGreek anti-refugee nationalist group Enomemoi Makedones (United Macedonians) to hold a pork-and-alcohol barbeque near a refugee and migrant detention camp hosting mostly Muslims

ATHENS – Plans by the Greek anti-refugee nationalist group Enomemoi Makedones (United Macedonians) to hold a pork-and-alcohol barbeque near a refugee and migrant detention camp hosting mostly Muslims led to a furious parliamentary debate over whether it should.

Muslims are forbidden to eat pork or drink alcohol and Christos Yiannoulis, a Member of Parliament from the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA said the barbeque would be shameless mocking of the refugees and migrants who came to Greece seeking asylum after fleeing war and strife in their homelands after going to Turkey as a jumping-off point.

The issue became a hot button topic on social media as well, drawing in critics and backers of the barbeque as a protest against the presence of more than 78,000 refugees and migrants in the country, including more than 33,700 on islands where Turkey let human traffickers send them during an essentially-suspended 2016 swap deal with the European Union, which had shut its borders to them.

Yiannoulis charged that extremists were threatening to invite people outside shelters housing asylum seekers and irregular migrants in order to roast pork meats, sausages and drink beer and mock the people inside, Greek media reports said.

Yiannoulis, a previous newsreader for the state-run television station in Thessaloniki said he was unaware of the current criminal code covers such actions, “which are shameful for any reasonable person… every citizen, every progressive Greek should condemn this as sadism, as brutality… against people of a specific religion.”

He was referring to an online call by the group to hold the barbeque outside the Diavata facility near Thessaloniki.

But New Democracy lawmaker Kostas Kyranakis from the ruling party said there was no prohibition against the event and said that “…I’d like to remind my colleague that the consumption of pork in Greece is allowed, and under certain conditions the consumption of alcohol, too.

“A third-country national cannot come here and impose his conditions, and your statement, Mr. Yiannoulis, is unacceptable, because it restricts, based on your own language, rights that every Greek citizen enjoys. Why should such rights to (food) consumption and lifestyle, which Greek citizens enjoy, be restricted because some third-country nationals arrived here? What’s the reasoning behind this?” he asked, said Naftemporiki.

Similar protest barbeques that draw few backers are annually held by atheist groups on Good Friday during a time when the Greek Orthodox faithful are supposed to fast and stay away from meat during the lent period.

Giannoulis said while the barbeque wouldn’t violate any laws that it was a “disgrace” and a “provocation against people of other beliefs.”

He called for the organizers to be held accountable for this “new type of political and criminal behavior,” he said was unacceptable.

As of October this year, around 55,000 immigrants have arrived in Greece from Turkey, with some 40,000 said to have come in the last four months after New Democracy ousted SYRIZA in July 7 snap elections.

Read more at thenationalherald.com

RELATED TOPICS: GreeceGreek tourism newsTourism in GreeceGreek islandsHotels in GreeceTravel to GreeceGreek destinationsGreek travel marketGreek tourism statisticsGreek tourism report

Photo Source: pixabay.com

Tornos
  1. 16/11 15:22

    Media report: Some privatizations in Greece move forward while others struggle

  2. 16/11 15:15

    “The Independent” to UK PM Boris Johnson: Return the Elgin Marbles

  3. 16/11 14:59

    World Bank: Greece can increase 'Doing Business' ranking by 18 spots

  4. 16/11 14:53

    Greek tax bureau unveils scam involving software hiding sales

  5. 16/11 13:56

    Greece’s Bicentennial Independence celebration grander than 2004 Olympics

  6. 16/11 13:15

    Study: Greece ranks 4th in 40 European countries for pensioners' quality of life

  7. 16/11 12:48

    Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis discusses migration with German Chancellor

  8. 16/11 11:45

    Bank of Greece chief reveals plan to cover 60% of Greek bank NPLs

  9. 15/11 23:35

    Plenary discussion on Greece's constitutional revision begins on Monday

  10. 15/11 23:23

    Foreign Ministry campaign for Greek Diaspora voting

  11. 15/11 23:09

    Tsunami simulation warning exercise in Greek island of Kos on November 19

  12. 15/11 22:57

    Australia’s national carrier Qantas carries out 19 ½-hour London-Sydney flight

  13. 15/11 22:07

    Weak quake shakes picturesque Hydra island south of Athens

  14. 15/11 20:15

    Greek Premier: Prepaid special consumption tax to be returned to winemakers

  15. 15/11 20:12

    AP: Turkey deports American ISIS suspect stuck at Greek border

  16. 15/11 20:06

    International Monetary Fund acknowledges Greek economy progress

  17. 15/11 19:56

    Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis pushes North Macedonia’s European hopes

  18. 15/11 19:47

    Shipping Minister: New Cosco project in Piraeus key to future investments

  19. 15/11 19:37

    $15-million Athenian Charter School groundbreaking ceremony in Florida, USA

  20. 15/11 19:16

    Media: How affluent foreigners can purchase Greek residency and EU passports

  21. 15/11 16:59

    Changes in the opening hours of Athens museums on Sunday November 17

  22. 15/11 14:24

    Athens Polytechnic opens its gates for uprising anniversary events on Sunday

  23. 14/11 20:10

    Greek PM: New Macedonian products logo “embraced” by producers (video)

  24. 14/11 20:06

    Historic shipwrecks become ‘Underwater Museums’ across Greece

  25. 14/11 20:01

    Fire on two yachts at marina in Athens suburb of Glyfada

  26. 14/11 19:58

    Greeks and Armenians protest Turkish President's visit to the White House

  27. 14/11 19:46

    Ancient cup awarded to 1st Marathon winner returned to Greece

  28. 14/11 19:34

    Central Arizona College plans intercultural studies in Greece in Spring Break 2020

  29. 14/11 19:29

    Athens police to adopt strict security measures for November 17 anniversary

  30. 14/11 19:23

    Study: Greece remains great for pensioners even after big benefit cuts

  31. 14/11 19:23

    Study: Greece remains great for pensioners even after big benefit cuts

  32. 14/11 19:08

    Commissioner: Sustainable policy for migrants and refugees a priority for EU

  33. 14/11 19:01

    European Union considers travel bans and freezing assets on Turkey

  34. 14/11 18:57

    Government's spox: Greece's 'complete comeback' in Balkans top priority

  35. 14/11 18:49

    Cyprus and Israel to promote jointly East Mediterranean cruises

  36. 14/11 18:40

    Athens' iconic Lycabettus Hill makeover to boost safety and attract visitors

  37. 14/11 18:30

    Culinary report: Κrania Τree among “superfoods” of Greece

  38. 14/11 17:33

    Gastronomy guide: The best Greek restaurants around the world

  39. 14/11 16:45

    Greece announces new criteria for Golden Visa program

  40. 14/11 15:54

    Passenger traffic in Greek airports grows by 5.1% in January-October

  41. 14/11 14:24

    Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis attends 'Thessaloniki Summit 2019'

  42. 14/11 02:40

    First Greek-German Innovation Forum at SNFCC in Athens on November 18

  43. 14/11 02:35

    Greek and Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministers meet in Athens for investments

  44. 14/11 02:25

    Greek American actor John Stamos featured in ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’ (video)

  45. 14/11 02:16

    “Maria before Callas. Her childhood years” at Mikro Pallas theater in Athens

  46. 14/11 01:16

    Athens-based brand design agency wins Red Dot Award in Berlin

  47. 14/11 00:33

    Reuters: Total credit contraction recorded in Greece during September

  48. 14/11 00:27

    Ecumenical Patriarch accuses Russian Orthodox Church of playing politics

  49. 14/11 00:21

    Aegean Airlines increases flights from Cyprus to Athens and Beirut

  50. 14/11 00:06

    Greek-American actress Jennifer Aniston wins People’s Icon Award (video)

  51. 13/11 23:58

    Austrian Airlines to connect directly Vienna to Kavala and Samos in Greece

  52. 13/11 22:28

    AP: Greek government withdraws plan to criminalize blasphemy

  53. 13/11 22:15

    Victoria weather front to bring intense storms while moving eastward across Greece

  54. 13/11 22:02

    Web addresses ending in .eu must migrate to Greek extension by November 14, 2022

  55. 13/11 20:52

    Greek basketball player blasted in Turkey for not holding Kemal Ataturk banner

  56. 13/11 20:19

    Greek Foreign Minister meets Serbian counterpart in Belgrade

  57. 13/11 19:33

    Over 50 Greek wine labels at ProWine China Fair

  58. 13/11 18:33

    Tourist show 'Greek Panorama' opens at Zappeion Hall in central Athens on Friday

  59. 13/11 16:15

    Cyprus church to return money if fugitive financier donor’s passport is revoked

  60. 13/11 14:56

    "The Trip to Greece" movie comedy set to be released in summer 2020

  61. 13/11 14:48

    Frontex records drop in migrant flows to Greek islands during October

  62. 13/11 12:41

    Second thoughts over demand that Greek taxpayers spend 30% online

  63. 13/11 10:39

    Turkish President threatens to release Jihadi prisoners after Cyprus sanctions

  64. 13/11 02:49

    “Dance with My Own Shadow” show on Manos Hadjidakis’ music (video)

  65. 13/11 02:44

    Arrivals of travelers to Cyprus rise by 1.6% during September

  66. 13/11 02:38

    International Air Transport Association: Four priorities for African aviation

  67. 13/11 02:31

    Revenue from tourism rises slightly in Cyprus during August 2019

  68. 13/11 01:48

    EU Commissioner: Greek government's recent law on migration 'in the right direction'

  69. 13/11 01:22

    Greek government: Schools returned to students, neighbourhoods to residents

  70. 13/11 01:18

    EU approves majority purchase of MediaMarkt's operations in Greece

  71. 13/11 00:50

    EU sanctions for illegal Turkish drilling in the eastern Mediterranean

  72. 13/11 00:42

    Greek saffron and kiwifruit get green light for export to Chinese market

  73. 12/11 22:02

    Jewish Museum in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki launches new wing

  74. 12/11 22:01

    Greek fisheries show growth in exports

  75. 12/11 21:11

    FM: Economic diplomacy a core component of foreign relations in Greece

  76. 12/11 20:57

    Chinese president: I agree that the Parthenon Sculptures should return to Greece

  77. 12/11 16:38

    RINA and Athens Polytechnic agree to train graduating Greek naval engineers

  78. 12/11 16:31

    Greek PM refers to government’s initiative to reunite Elgin Marbles

  79. 12/11 14:10

    Novel about Greek poet Cavafy wins 2019 National Translation Award

  80. 12/11 12:32

    Rainstorms and strong winds in Greece on Wednesday

  81. 12/11 10:51

    Chinese interest in assisting Greek banking sector to reduce exposure to NPLs

  82. 12/11 00:21

    AP: Greek tennis star Tsitsipas earns 1st win over Medvedev at ATP Finals

  83. 12/11 00:15

    Study on direct flights between China and Cyprus to be conducted

  84. 12/11 00:04

    Central Macedonia organic foods at Eco Life Scandinavia fair

  85. 11/11 23:47

    Plans for road between Helliniko and Athens Airport through Argyroupolis tunnel

  86. 11/11 23:42

    Greece’s rival parties receive Diaspora vote bill with skepticism

  87. 11/11 23:35

    Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center: A park for all seasons

  88. 11/11 23:27

    Greek PM and Chinese President tour Cosco’s facilities in Piraeus Port

  89. 11/11 23:19

    Greece and China to sign another 16 bilateral deals to promote investment and trade

  90. 11/11 23:11

    Prime Minister: Greece will officially adopt IHRA definition of anti-semitism

  91. 11/11 23:00

    The 60th Thessaloniki Film Festival announces its awards (video)

  92. 11/11 20:49

    Pomegranate: The golden Greek elixir the world can't get enough of

  93. 11/11 20:38

    ESM chief and EBRD report: Positive prospects for the Greek economy

  94. 11/11 19:09

    Greece offering tax relief and incentives to enterprises to attract investment

  95. 11/11 18:33

    Draft law on voting rights of Greeks abroad presented for public consultation

  96. 11/11 18:00

    Xi Jinping on Greek-Chinese relations: Cooperation of two great civilisations

  97. 11/11 16:16

    Greek President Pavlopoulos: Significant upgrade of relations with China

  98. 11/11 14:44

    China to host year of culture and tourism with Greece in 2021

  99. 11/11 01:54

    Israel-Hellenic Forum organizes first meeting in Jerusalem on November 12-14

  100. 10/11 19:50

    Greek FM: Turkey’s insistence on distorting history unbecoming of a modern state