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    A statement circulating among the members of the Muslim minority in Greek province of Thrace calls for a rally near the Turkish Consulate General in city of Komotini in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government, media reported Saturday.

    ATHENS (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, following a coup attempt in Turkey, a helicopter with eight alleged coup supporters on board landed in Alexandroupolis. Turkey asked Greece to return them. The Greek authorities replied that they will return the helicopter but will apply general procedure to the detained passengers who intend to ask for asylum in the country.

    According to the "To Vima" newspaper, the statement signed by the Party of Equality, Peace and Friendship, Cultural and Educational Society of Minorities in Western Thrace and the Minority Scientists Association, invites Greek Muslims to come to Alexandroupolis in order to take their stand against the "vile betrayal" of officers who have requested asylum in Greece, and then to rally outside the Turkish Consulate General in Komotini in order to show their support for the legitimately elected government in a neighboring country.

    The coup attempt was reportedly suppressed by early Saturday, with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stating that all coup supporters were identified and would be apprehended as the country was returning to normal life. Over 180 people were killed and 1,470 were injured during the events, while nearly 3,000 people have already been detained, according to the prime minister.

    The problem of the Muslim minority is one of the most difficult issues in relations between Greece and Turkey.


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