Refugees are ‘unarmed invaders’ sent by the Turks, says govt MP

Comments follow minister’s complaints of low ‘quality’ of Greece’s migrants

Friday 31 January 2014
Author: Damian Mac Con Uladh

Sofia Voultepsi, a New Democracy MP for Greater Athens, says ‘refugees … are, ultimately, unarmed invaders, weapons in the hands of the Turks’


Migrants like these people who survived the incident at Farmakonissi are ‘unarmed invaders’ in the eyes of a New Democracy MP (Photo: AFP)

Migrants are “unarmed invaders, weapons in the hands of the Turks”, a New Democracy MP has alleged, less than two weeks after 12 women and children drowned in a controversial coastguard operation near the islet of Farmakonisi in the eastern Aegean.

Sofia Voultepsi, who has represented the Greater Athens constituency for the conservative party since 2004, singled out Farmakonisi, during a live panel discussion on Mega television.

Attacking Syriza for its involvement in the case, she said the main opposition party has “driven us crazy since the Farmakonisi shipwreck. They’ve shut down Athens. They’ve paraded Afghans, Pakistanis (and) Bangladeshis around.”

“They haven’t even published one statement on the Kefalonian earthquake. All day, they deal with the “refugees”, in quotation marks, who are, ultimately, unarmed invaders, weapons in the hands of the Turks,” she continued.


New Democracy MP Sofia Voultepsi

Voultepsi, who worked as a journalist before being elected, alleged that in 1995 Turkey claimed the island was under Greek occupation and that since then “there have been dozens of landings [of migrants], and according to the law of probability, there was bound to be an accident”.

“These people are brought over by Turkish human smugglers. They don’t come by accident. Why don’t they go elsewhere, like Vathy on the [island of] Samos?


Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias has complained that the ‘quality … of migrants that we receive is tragic’. By Kostas Koufogiorgos (31 January 2014)

“There was an accident. Syriza came out and said they were calculated murders without having seen how our coastguard don’t do anything but get battered at sea,” the New Democracy said…

Read the rest of the report on Eleftherotypia’s website