Sunday, June 16 2024

Greek Turks of Thrace we are, said two of the dancers of the Greek delegation. Greeks everywhere react.

satti dancers

"Greek Turks of Western Thrace" said the two dancers of the Greek delegation (!) describing in Turkish their experience at Eurovision. Of course, after that, the reactions were understandably strong as it is, we hope, a given that in Thrace there is not a national, but a religious minority and the citizens are Greeks, Muslims by religion. After the strong reactions, they were quick to attribute it to "misunderstanding".

Eva Metis Koutoumanou

After the strong reactions that followed the statement, the two dancers were quick to "correct" their statements. And all this at a time when the Chora Monastery in Istanbul now functions as a mosque and a short while ago, the Greek ambassador to North Macedonia withdrew from the inauguration of the country's new president, who declares herself a nationalist and insists on calling her country Macedonia and not North Macedonia.

We are "Greek Turks of Western Thrace", the dancers of the Greek delegation initially stated and received a lot of negative comments that forced them to come back talking about a misunderstanding.

Two of Marina Satti's dancers, after provoking strong reactions with their statement after the final, said it was simply a "misunderstanding", but their statement, however, has already made the rounds on the internet.

In a video uploaded to YouTube, the two dancers, who are Muslims of Thrace, are interviewed by an Azerbaijani channel and describe in Turkish their Eurovision experience.

But what caught everyone's attention was their answer when the journalist asked them about their origins, Hüso Çetintaş and Yasin Ahmetoğlu, who we chose to represent us at Eurovision, replied that they are "Greek Turks of Western Thrace".

Of course, after that, the reactions were understandably strong as it is, we hope, a given that in Thrace there is not a national, but a religious minority and the citizens are Greeks, Muslims by religion.