Greece: Pork ‘barbecue protest’ plan near refugee camp raises hackles
A Greek nationalist group’s plan to throw a pork barbecue near a refugee camp has led to a debate in the country’s parliament. Critics want to do something, but some say that would mean attacking the Greek way of life….
On Tuesday Greek parliamentarians debated how to react to a nationalist group’s plans to hold a pork barbecue “protest” near a refugee camp.
This week the Greek nationalist group Enomemoi Makedones, or United Macedonia, made calls online for people to attend a “barbecue protest” on Sunday near the refugee camp Diavata, located a few miles west of Thessaloniki. Attendees are to consume pork and alcohol in protest of the growing number of immigrants in Greece.
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For Muslims, the consumption of pork and alcohol is forbidden by the Koran.
In a parliamentary debate in Athens broadcast on television Tuesday, left-wing politician Christos Giannoulis said it was difficult to say whether the event broke any laws, but called it a “disgrace” and a “provocation against people of other beliefs.”
He called for the organizers to be held accountable for this “new type of political and criminal behavior.”