Greeks living in Turkey remain on edge
A recent report published by Ekathimerini describes how ethnic Greeks living in Istanbul are on edge because of the country’s geopolitical conflicts.
Interviewees reference the 1955 pogrom against Greeks, the 1964 expulsion, and the 1974 invasion of Cyprus. These events followed the 1915 genocide against Greeks, as well as other religious minorities. Each of these events included a major geopolitical element as well.
Interviewees expressed concern that today’s environment is the tensest they’ve experienced in the past few decades; they are worried about the implications given their history.
Centuries of persecution (motivated by both ethnicity and religion) has left those traditional Christian communities a minority within the country. They continue to face persecution, leaving many to choose to live in a quiet way which draws little attention.