Greece: Cemetery desecrated, Turkish consulate attacked
Vandals have desecrated a Muslim cemetery at Komotini in northeastern Greece where an ethnic Turk minority still lives, a police source said on Saturday, with Athens swiftly condemning the act.
Around 10 gravestones were smashed overnight Friday to Saturday, the source said, asking not to be named. Around 30 members of the local Turkish community subsequently demonstrated in central Komotini.
Greek government spokesman George Petalotis blamed the vandalism on "marginal groups trying to sow hatred."
"Their acts must be condemned and are against our national interests," he said in a statement.
The desecration came after unknown assailants on Thursday threw a firebomb at the Turkish consulate in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, without causing damage or casualties.