KINAL’s Gennimata on restoration of democracy, Hagia Sophia conversion

The 46th anniversary of the restoration of democracy after the junta is a day of pride for Greeks “because we secured democracy in the country after sacrifices and struggles,” Movement for Change (KINAL) leader Fofi Gennimata said on Friday, adding that the event allows the country to draw strength today in the face of Turkish aggression, the coronavirus pandemic and degeneration phenomena in politics.

Expressing regret that the anniversary is marked by the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque on the same day, she called this latter event in Istanbul “a sad backtracking for global culture and the brotherhood of peoples.”

Greeks are “nevertheless obliged to struggle through tough times, with courage, unity, decisiveness and effectiveness for peace, democracy, creativity and prosperity,” she added, which constitutes genuine patriotism.

KINAL spokesman Pavlos Christidis also called the Turkish government’s inauguration of the Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque “a dark day for universal civilization”, in comments to Mega TV. He said that this act must make all those carrying out business in Turkey to think twice, and he called on the EU to move from words to action, with measures and sanctions against Turkey.