Greek Independence Day: Angry reactions to the congratulatory message by the Turkish embassy

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Turkey's friendly rhetoric on the occasion of Greek Independence Day, provoked strong reactions from the leading theorists of Turkish revisionism, such as the retired admirals Cihat Yayci and Cem Gürdeniz. Both of them in recent years had managed to impose their extreme positions against Athens, such as the "Blue Homeland" theory, the myth that the Aegean Islands are militarily occupied by Greece, and other provocations.

The post on Twitter by the Turkish embassy in Athens on March, "We congratulate the people and the Government of the Hellenic Republic for the occasion of their National Day," provoked strong reactions from Yayci and Gürdeniz, without however addressing the congratulatory letter of President Tayyip Erdoğan to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the minister's warm message Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.

Cem Gürdeniz called the post by the Turkish embassy in Athens "shameful", writing that he initially thought it was a fake account, but was "surprised" when he found out its authenticity.

"Our embassy in Athens is celebrating the liberation of Greece from Turkish rule. It's a shame. No reciprocity. Greece does not broadcast similar messages on Turkey's National Holidays. Then why does our embassy do it?" asked the retired admiral.

"March 1821, which is celebrated as the 'day of independence' for Greece, reminds us of the massacres that took place against the Turks. Gangs besieged Tripoli, which held an important strategic role in the Morea. The barbaric murder of tens of thousands of Turks, Jews and Albanians is a dark spot in history, known as the Tripolitsa Massacre," Gürdeniz added defiantly.

On the same wavelength and the reaction of the theoretician of the "Blue Homeland" Jihad Yayci, who in a series of posts on the social networking pages of the Centre for Maritime and Global Strategies of Bahçeşehir University - which he directs - attacked the Turkish embassy in Athens for the congratulation message to Greece for March 25.

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Turkey's envisioned Blue Homeland that aims to steal Greek islands and maritime space.

"It is strange the congratulatory tweet of our Embassy in Athens congratulating Greece, which declared the day of the Turkish genocide a national anniversary. On the other hand, Greece had protested by succeeding in deleting a NATO tweet, about the celebration on August 30 of Victory Day by Turkey," commented Yayci, attempting - with a series of posts - to present the declaration of the Greek revolution as..." genocide" of the Ottomans in the Peloponnese.

"The bloody independence of Greece, which became the main centre of rebellion and massacre against the Turks at the beginning of the 19th century," he writes then, continuing in the same provocative style: "March 25 is not a day of independence, it is a day of genocide. It is a great shame for humanity to praise, glorify and celebrate this day of genocide".

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