19 Ιαν 2008

Marcos Baghdatis on youtube: A Turkish / Australian cospiracy

Turks out of Cyprus

In a so-called controversial video posted last year on youtube.com Cypriot tennis star Marcos Baghdatis is seen celebrating with Greek-Australian fans, singing the National Anthem of Cyprus and chanting "anti-turkish" slogans. The slogan that supposedly caused the controversy was: "Turks out of Cyprus".

Why are the Turks in Cyprus anyway?

For those who do not know the history behind the chant, Marcos' home country Cyprus is a small Mediterranean island neighbouring Turkey and Greece. The great majority of the island's population has traditionally been Greek. However Turkey had attempted several times to take over the island with wars and military invasions.

A turkish military invasion took place in Cyprus less than 34 years ago, in 1974. In this attempted ethnic cleansing, over 1/3 of the island's territory was occupied by turkish troops and is still being occupied unlawfully. 200,000 Greek Cypriots became refugees as they were forced to flee their homes and none of them has been allowed to return ever since. As a result of this invasion, 6000 were killed in just a few days and over 1500 Greek-Cypriots have been missing in action (many of them appear in videos filmed in concentration camps in Adana, Turkey).

Since 1974, the occupied northern territory of Cyprus is inhabited by native Turkish-Cypriots as well as thousands of Turkish settlers imported by the Turkish government. It is estimated that over 50% of the 100,000 population in the north are settlers and they live in the homes of the Greek Cypriot refugees. An area with 100,000 population is ruled by 40,000 turkish troops.

The occupied northern part of Cyprus was later declared as an independent state, but has never been recognised by any country, apart from Turkey (of course!). Numerous United Nations resolutions have declared the Turkish invasion and occupation of the island as illegal, but Turkey failed to comply.

The chant "Turks out of Cyprus" and "Turkish troops out of Cyprus" are, and will continue to be the target of every Greek Cypriot.
We demand to live in a free country without military occupation.
We demand to return to our homes in Kyrenia, Famagusta and Morfou
, and Marcos is a true Cypriot who was raised with these values.
NOTE: These chants were never directed against the Turkish-Cypriot legitimate population of Cyprus.

Who brought out this video now?

The "controversial" video was filmed and posted on youtube in January 2007 (exactly one year ago), after Marcos had finished his games in the Australian Open 2007. For a whole year nobody from the mass media ever mentioned this video.

NOT surprisingly, the Australian and Turkish propaganda agencies have coordinated in order to "unbury" this story and orchestrated a psychological war against the athlete by publically calling Marcos a racist, (surprise! surprise!) on the eve of Marcos' game against the Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt.

On one hand, Lleyton is undoubtably a great tennis player, former ATP No.1, but at the moment seems to be on the decline of his career. In his previous game against Marcos Baghdatis, the Cypriot was the winner. The Australians media really want to make sure that their own star does well in this tournament in order to keep the local interest at high levels.

On the other hand, Turkey, a country of 71 million population, struggling to enter the European Union (but failing to comply with several Human Rights issues - including the Cyprus issue), was never able to produce a tennis player (or any athlete) to match Marcos' caliber. However, the Republic of Cyprus, a small nation with less than 1 million (Greek) population (survivors of an ethnic cleansing attempt by Turkey in 1974) has managed to produced a world class tennis star Marcos Baghdatis (currently ATP No.16 and rising again) and this seems to bother them big time.

Reminder: After Baghdatis had made it to final of the Australian Open in 2006, the Victorian government offered Marcos the Australian citizenship (click here to read), but Marcos rejected the offer saying that he prefers to represent his own country.
POP QUIZ: Would the Australian media ever come up with such a story if Marcos was an Australian citizen?

The Greek-Cypriot people have always been fighters (and Marcos is our best example). We will continue to fight against Human Rights violations and we will continue to demand for justice on our home island.

Thank you Marcos for making us proud again


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