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Greece to punish coast guards over parade slogans March 28, 2010

Posted by Yilan in EU, European Union, Human rights, Human rights abuses, Macedonia, NATO, Turkey, Yunanistan.
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Greek authorities are suspending an officer and pledging tough action against members of a coast guard unit accused of chanting racist slogans during a military parade in Athens.

Video from the parade posted on the Internet shows members of an elite coast guard divers’ unit chanting racist slogans against Albanians.

Civil Protection Minister Michalis Chryssochoidis is strongly condemning the incident, which took place at Thursday’s Independence Day celebrations, and ordering an investigation.

“These people have no place in the coast guard,” Chryssochoidis said Friday. “No brainless person has the right to tarnish his unit … with racist slogans that convey hatred and xenophobia.”

The ministry said further sanctions will follow the investigation.

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