TURKEY: Crime & No Punishment

No episode among NATO partners matches the savage anti-Greek riots that swept Izmir and Istanbul the night of Sept. 6, 1955. Until then the mutual quarrel over Cyprus had been furiously propagandistic but not violent. That night, ostensibly aroused by reports of an explo sion in Salonika that damaged the birthplace of Turkey's late great Kemal Ataturk, the rioters swarmed through the streets wrecking and smashing anything Greek. In one night of Turkish terror, 300 people were injured, 4,000 stores looted, 78 Greek Orthodox churches gutted.

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