Turkish opposition candidate holds rally in Greece

Turkish opposition Republican People’s Party presidential candidate Muharrem İnce held a rally on Thursday in the heavily Turkish-populated town of Komotini in the Greek region of western Thrace, news site Greek Reporter said.

Turkey is due to hold snap parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24, although few of the Turkish-origin citizens of Greece have Turkish citizenship and therefore do not have the right to vote in it.

İnce visited the Turkish consulate in the town before speaking at the rally. Afterwards, he gave a non-committal answer to a question on the fate of two Greek soldiers presently being tried for espionage in Turkey after having strayed across the border.

Unofficial estimates, Greek Reporter said, are that up to 140,000 Muslims live in the Thrace region of Greece, although not all are Turkish.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan raised the issue of discrimination against this Muslim minority visited the region during a visit last year.