Nationalist slogans heard in the parade of March 25 cause strong reactions

Nationalist slogans heard in the parade of March 25 cause strong reactions

Athens, March 26, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Political reactions has caused the slogan shouted by a military section of the Underwater Demolition Teams (OYK) of the Special Forces of the Greek Army, during the parade of March 25, Independence Day of Greece.

Members of SYRIZA and PASOK, responded with comments on social media for the slogans that were heard.

From its part, PASOK calls to attribution of blame to “those who gave the OYK the ‘go ahead’ to shape the foreign policy and national security policy”, while at the same time unleashes harsh attacks on the Defence Minister and President of coalition party ANEL, Panos Kammenos.

“The OYK chanted in the parade slogans questioning the existing borders. But with such irresponsible Defence Minister what else would one expect? The US Congress for the first time blocked the resolution on March 25, due to the jihadists who will send the irresponsible minister, president of ANEL, ideological reconstructor of SYRIZA”, PASOK says in its statement, noting:

“The issue, however, is not the political and ideological fall of  SYRIZA… Have you become the blind subservients of Mr. Kammenou? Will anyone lay blame to those who gave the OYK the ‘free to go’ to shape the foreign policy and national security policy?”.

“The slogans of OYK in the parade of 25/3 is a direct challenge to democracy” comments via facebook, MP of SYRIZA, Vasiliki Katrivanou.

“Extremely disturbing and unthinkable to remain unpunished” the men of the special forces who shouted nationalist slogans in the parade, commented in a post on her personal account on Facebook, Athens B’ MP of SYRIZA, Vasiliki Katrivanou.

“The slogans of OYK in the parade of 25/3 is a direct challenge to democracy. I find it extremely disturbing and unthinkable to remain unpunished. Is it possible? In the parade, units of Greek Army, shout “And our dream is in the City to enter again, to raise a flag, to sing the national anthem”? It’s a direct challenge to democracy. And reminds us of how urgent is the issue to rid the army of the fascist and far-right elements that are still strong. Impunity (in this case as well) will only ‘feed’ them”.

SYRIZA MP Dimitris Papadimoulis also reacted strongly to the slogans chanted by men of OYK during yesterday’s military parade in the Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament.

With a post on his personal Twitter account, the President of the European Parliament calls for the government intervention to stop practices that are contrary to the country’s foreign policy.

A similar event took place in 2010, when hate slogans were heard against Albania and FYROM without introducing a penalty on those who flagrantly violated the anti-racism law and exposed Greece internationally.