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Greece apologizes for racist chants April 6, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Macedonia, Yunanistan.
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Greece apologized on Monday for the racist chants against Macedonia and Albania at a military parade in Athens last week to mark Greece’s independence day.

“It should be condemned and it is being condemned, and this doesn’t represent the people of Greece,” Greek ambassador to Skopje Alexandra Papadopoulou told reporters, adding that this is an isolated incident and should not be blown out of proportions.

She made the announcement after she met with Macedonian Deputy Foreign Minister Zoran Petrov. Macedonian Foreign Ministry summoned Papadopoulou to lodge a formal protest over the issue.

A video footage, which surfaced last week on the internet, showed Greek soldiers chanted racist slogans at a military parade in Athens last Thursday to mark Greece’s independence day.

“They are Skopians, they are Albanians, we will make new clothes out of their skins,” one of the slogans went, MIA, Macedonia’s official news agency reported.

Papadopoulou said the unit shouting the slogans is not part of the Greece’s army forces. They belong to the country’s coast guard.

Greece’s Civil Protection Minister Michalis Chryssochoidis has already said that those responsible will be identified and punished.

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