03/02/13 17:31 CET
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More than 5,000 supporters of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party have marched to commemorate a 1996 military crisis which cost the lives of three navy officers and brought Greece and Turkey to the brink of war.
During the rally, protesters chanted anti-Turkish, anti-US and anti-immigrant slogans while carrying torches and Greek flags.
Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos addressed the crowd of nationalist supporters, speaking about what became known as the “Imia incident”.
The military crisis in January 1996 was sparked by a complicated dispute over two uninhabited islets in the Aegean Sea between the coast of Turkey and the Greek island chain of the Dodecanese, which the Greeks have always claimed but whose sovereignty is disputed by Turkey.
“A piece of Greek land became disputed. But there is no dispute in our hearts. It is Greek, but they don’t see that. As the years pass, they will see it and if they don’t know it, we will state it publicly,” Mihaloliakos said.
The march was incident-free.
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