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Greek nazi MEPs disrupt EP conference and get expelled from plenary
Source:Greek Helsinki Monitor | Saturday, 12 March 2016
From Panayote Dimitras for Greek Helsinki Monitor in Athens

Nazi Golden Dawn MEP Eleftherios Synadinos made history on 9 March when he became the first Member of the European Parliament ever to be expelled from a plenary session of the parliament.

Synadinos had said “As it has been expressed in scientific literature, the Turks are dirty and polluted. Turks are like wild dogs when they play but when they have to fight against their enemies they run away. The only effective way to deal with the Turks is with decisive and resolute attitudes.”

Soon after this outburst, EP President Martin Schulz walked into the Chamber to state that “the sentence …represents a breach of the values of the EU. So as an immediate measure… I immediately exclude Mr Synadinos from the Chamber.”

A week earlier, on 2 March, Synadinos and fellow Golden Dawn MEP Lampros Fountoulis disrupted a parliamentary conference on violations of the rights of the Turkish and Macedonian minorities in Greece, demanding that it should be cancelled. The host, Hungarian minority MEP from Romania Csaba Sógor, firmly reacted and forced the two MEPs out of the room.

It should be mentioned that the conference wasalso opposed by Greece’s conservative, socialist and Communist MEPs, just as all three parties’ MEPs had opposed another conference on 17 April 2008.

Participants at those two conferences from the two minorities – plus this author – were called “irredentist,” “untruthful” etc. by the Greek MEPs, even though the content of their presentations was based on European Court of Human Rights judgments against Greece and related UN recommendations.

The MEPs’ protests are available on line at http://booksjournal.gr/slideshow/item/1970-greek-political-parties’-protests-against-ep-panels-on-minority-rights-in-greece-17-4-2008-2-3-2016.